An Interactive Timeline: U.S. Immigration Policy, Past and Present

Lesson Duration

From: The Choices Program

Students access an interactive timeline with videos and images to:

  • Review a timeline of U.S. immigration policy and laws from European colonization to today
  • Consider the benefits of studying immigration policy to learn about the past and the present
  • Identify patterns in immigration policy and the factors that led to those policies
  • Collaboratively synthesize their findings and present them to the class
  • Discuss other primary sources to use in creating a more complete picture of historical and present U.S. immigration



The Choices Program is a national education initiative developed at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.