First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School
Caption: Students participate in a mock election at their school.
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Date: c. 1890
Creator: Jacob Riis
Source: Museum of the City of New York
Copyright: Public domain
How to cite: “First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School,” Jacob Riis, in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/gallery/first-patriotic-election.
Questions to Consider
- What do you see students doing in the photograph?
- Why do you think that this school wanted students to participate in this activity? How does it relate to ideas about “Americanization” of immigrant students?
- What opportunities do you have to make decisions in your school? Do these opportunities help prepare you to participate in democracy? What opportunities do you have to prepare to become a participant in democracy? What opportunities would you like to have?
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