Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Immigration History: The Bible Riots of 1844

A NATION RISING by Kenneth C. DavisWith immigration policy in the news, many teachers are asking their students to take a closer look at the history of immigration.
Let Kenneth C. Davis tell your students about the Bible Riots of 1844 in this video.
In May 1844, Philadelphia—the City of Brotherly Love—was torn apart by a series of bloody riots. Known as the “Bible Riots,” they grew out of the vicious anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic sentiment that was so widespread in 19th century America. Families were burned out of their homes. Churches were destroyed. And more than two dozen people died in one of the worst urban riots in American history.
This is just one of the many historical episodes that often don't appear in a standard history textbook—and you'll find more in A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis.

You'll find more educational videos for you and your students at HarperAcademic on TeacherTube.

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