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Lesson Plans

  • 19th and Early 20th Century Immigration

    Historical Context and Overview Before Columbus was a city, some of the area’s earliest migrants came to the Refugee Tract. This land was aside in 1801 by Congress to provide land compensation for residents of Nova Scotia who had supported the American Revolution. Since the early 1800s, various groups of Read More
  • Columbus Diversity Today

    Historical Context and Overview “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” The United States has always been Read More
  • The Great Migration

    Historical Context and Overview The Great Migration refers to the mass movement of African Americans from the predominantly rural American South to northern industrial cities during the 20th century. During the first wave of migration (between 1910-1930), an estimated 1.5 million African Americans moved north, mostly settling in large urban Read More
  • Refugees and Resettlement

    Historical Context and Overview The reasons why people move from one place to another are described as push and pull factors. Push factors are poor conditions (political, economic, and environmental) in home countries that cause people to leave. Pull factors are attractive qualities about other countries that lure people in—economic Read More
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Lessons from My Neighborhood

  • My Neighborhood: How to Tell Your Story

    Were you captivated by one or more Columbus Neighborhoods stories? Did it stir up images and memories of a place that is special to you? We invite you step into the shoes of a storyteller and producer. And we offer a surefire starter—My Neighborhood Toolkit—that will guide you from shaping your narrative to putting Read More
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