Unit II Journal Assignment
Being new to a place is challenging. The list below includes some provocative discussions related to the events in this unit’s reading and related to being new to the United States.
For this assignment, you will write two journal entries that reflect on Parts 1 and 2 below. The total length of your journal assignment must be a minimum of three pages in length, with each journal entry being at least one page.
(For example, this means that you could have one journal be one page and the other be two pages, each could be one and a half pages, or some other means by which each is at least one page in length and your total overall pages total three.)
The journals will need to reflect your understanding of the time period and need to avoid being anachronistic. (Remember that this term loosely means to apply today’s values or perspectives on the past.)
HY 1120, American History II 2
To accomplish this, you will need to write both journals as if you are a first generation immigrant (in the first person). Your first journal entry needs to be from the viewpoint of an immigrant from Europe (e.g., Ireland, Italy, Germany, England, or France). Your second journal entry needs to come from the standpoint of an immigrant from Asia (e.g., China or Japan).
You will need to develop an argument within both journal entries based on the bulleted items below. In your own words, justify academically the side of the argument you choose, remembering to cite your sources along the way.
Are you treated as an equal by earlier generations residing here? o What are others’ attitudes toward you?
o Why do you think they act this way?
Would you feel pressured to pledge your loyalty to a political machine?
Would you agree to engage in a strike?
Talk about some leisure opportunities and how they are divided by race or class or are for everyone.
What is the “American dream?”
What did this “dream” look like for immigrants coming to the United States after the Civil War was over?
Explain which leisure opportunities could be part of the American dream.
What part did the anti-immigration sentiment play in the American dream?
As this is a point of view essay, a modern perspective will not accurately address what the question is asking for. It is strongly suggested that you use at least one selection from the America: History and Life with Full Text database within the CSU Online Library. All sources and their use must be appropriately identified per 6th edition APA format.
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