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Every Voice Counts: Becoming a Citizen and the Importance of Voting: The Immigrant Experience
October 27 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
What can we learn about how people have secured equitable political representation in the United States by examining case studies from Lowell’s past and present?
Find out by participating in the Tsongas Industrial History Center’s webinar series for educators that explores how underrepresented communities have fought for equitable representation and overcome barriers to civic participation. In each webinar, historians and educators share content on a civics topic and discuss how to adapt it for the classroom. Each session includes companion primary documents and writing prompts.In the early years of the United States, residency and citizenship laws on voting varied by state. Up until the 14th Amendment in 1868, which guaranteed citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the U.S. and paved the way for citizen-only voting, laws were still inconsistent. Therefore, immigrants have not always had a voice in the electoral process or been able to run for office. Immigrants who become naturalized citizens are granted full participation in the civic life. How does the naturalization process work? Why is citizenship so important to immigrant communities? Chiara St. Pierre (International Institute of New England) will discuss the immigrant experience and the process they go through to become a United States citizen.