Migrations to Chicago

Summary These theme-related lessons explore the motivating forces, expectations, and realities found by Eastern European, Mexican, and African American immigrants and migrants who moved to Chicago from 1890 through 1950, and examine the ways these newcomers adapted to their new home. Students closely examine various works of art, including paintings, photographs, a lithograph, and a […]

Migrations to Chicago: Cultural Adaptation and the Process of Assimilation in Chicago

Author: Nevada Montgomery, The DuSable Museum of African American History Summary: People who migrated or immigrated to Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s encountered many challenges and opportunities.  Through the artwork and primary sources presented in this lesson, students will analyze how these newcomers adapted to their new environments and went through a […]

Migrations to Chicago: Housing Conditions for New Arrivals in Chicago

Author: Jessica Marshall, Chicago Public Schools Summary: This lesson explores the experience of immigrants in Chicago from 1890–1950.  Students will use artworks, primary sources, literary texts, and maps to address the following question: “What was the reality of life in Chicago for newly arrived immigrants and migrants during the early 1900s?” The lesson asks students […]

Migrations to Chicago: Push and Pull Factors for Chicago Immigrants, 1890 – 1950

Author: Rick Cardis, Evanston Township High School Summary: This lesson will deal with the experience of immigrants in Chicago from 1890-1950.  Students will analyze artwork and primary sources to compare and contrast the way various texts address the factors that pushed and pulled immigrants and migrants to Chicago and other U.S. cities in the late […]

Migrations to Chicago: The Great Migration and Walter Ellison’s Train Station

Authors: Irina Zadov, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum With contributions from: Jennifer Siegenthaler, Terra Foundation for American Art Dr. Donna Ogle, National Louis University Summary: Students will practice art interpretation by examining Walter Ellison’s Train Station, 1935. In doing so they will connect close examination and interpretation of art with the practice of close reading. Students […]

Under the El (train)-Selling Watermelons

Author: Nevada Montgomery, DuSable Museum of African American History At First Glance Does this image look familiar? Which elements resemble things you’ve seen? Notice the group of people at the center of the painting. What kind of transaction is taking place? Now notice the setting. Where do you think this scene is taking place? What […]

Robert Abbott Founds the Chicago Defender

Author: Nevada Montgomery, DuSable Museum of African American History At First Glance Describe the man in this painting. What is he doing? What colors does the artist use in this image? What mood do these colors help create? What other details do you find within the image? Why might the artist have included them? What […]

Zapata

Author: The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Department At First Glance Pick one of the figures in this painting and describe him or her. How does he/she interact with the others in the scene? Does it seem like some figures are more important than others? Why do you think we see the faces of […]

Hull House Coffee Shop, Class on Naturalization, Miss Binford

Author: The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Staff At First Glance Where and when do you think this photograph was taken? What details suggest the place and date of the image? What is the relationship of the figures in the photograph to one another? Who might these people be?  Why might they be gathered here? Read […]

Jesus Torres at Hull­-House Kilns

Author: The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Staff At First Glance Describe the figure in this photograph. What is he doing? Where might this scene have taken place? When do you think this photograph was made? What evidence do you see that helps you determine the time period? Read to Build Knowledge Wallace Kirkland’s photograph Jesus […]