A New America
The Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965
This case study focuses on the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act. Students will understand that Hart-Celler was a radical break from the national origins system it replaced (previous lesson). In order to identify the reasons for this important change, students will examine parts of the new law and interpret political cartoons, photographs, and historical documents from the era. The lessons end with students considering the impact of Hart-Celler in the five decades of immigration since it passed. It is broken up into two one-hour lessons.