Paired Texts > From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards
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This article looks at how Hollywood films since the 1900s have depicted life in America and how they have helped manufacture the American Dream.Pair “Hollywood Dreams of Wealth, Youth, and Beauty” with “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards” to give students a more robust sense of the history of the American Dream, and the role that immigrants played in the formation of it.
Three years after the economic recession, the article "American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality" reports on the American Dream and dwindling faith in it.Pair “American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality” with “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards” to give students a more robust sense of the history of the American Dream, and the role that immigrants played in the formation of it.
"The New Colossus" is a poem by Emma Lazarus that was published in 1883. It describes the millions of immigrants who came to America through the port of New York City at Ellis Island.Pair “The New Colossus” with “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards” to show students the perspective of an immigrant.
In "The Plea for Eight Hours," (1890) labor union leader Terence Powderly makes a reasoned argument in favor of reducing the work day for laborers.Pair “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards” to “The Plea for Eight Hours” to discuss the role of labor unions in changing America into the nation it is today. Think about the work conditions which led to the formation of unions and consider whether what they were asking for seemed reasonable. In what ways have unions improved the lives of the people that joined them? How have they helped the nation?
In "The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker," the text walks the reader through a typical day in the life of a U.S. industrial worker and the poor, unsafe conditions they faced.Pair “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards” with ““The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker” and ask students to discuss the living conditions of workers in the United States. What challenges did they face? How does being an immigrant further complicate matters? Use this text as a challenge for students with more advanced reading levels.