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A group of history day mentors poses with Goldy in the Gameroom

Minnesota History Day Mentors Inspiring Youth

The Minnesota History Day Mentor program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to get involved with the community by helping local schools as their students prepare for the History Day competition. By working directly with the students, and contextualizing their work in an accompanying class here at the University, mentors learn about the achievement gap, equity in Minnesota, and much more.
Photo of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1902

A Brief History of Undocumented Immigration in America

Erika Lee explains that in its early years as a nation, America largely lacked federal immigration policies. Then, beginning with the exclusion acts of the mid-19th century, which specifically prohibited Chinese immigration, the United States increasingly denied entry to those it deemed unsuitable: Asians, paupers, illiterates and, eventually, southern and eastern Europeans.
Portrait: Kim Wong Ark

Historian Erika Lee on the Supreme Court Case That Safeguarded Birthright Citizenship

Professor Erika Lee describes the 1898 Supreme Court case of Wong Kim Ark vs. the United States, which safeguarded the birthright citizenship of people born in the US, regardless of their parents' immigration status. Birthright citizenship has received renewed attention in light of presidential candidates calling to repeal this right.

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