Social Studies


“The passengers of the First and Second Class are requested not to throw money or eatables to the steerage passengers, thereby creating disturbance and annoyance.” — Shipboard Notice, circa 1860

 

Articles & Lessons

Read about class differences of passengers.

Learn about Charles Dickens’ experiences traveling to America on a steamship.

View photographs documenting immigration to Ellis Island.

Read about a little known Supreme Court case involving the SS Columbia.

Learn about immigration to Providence, RI on the Fabre Line.

Discuss the Great Depression through food purchases on the Hudson River Line.


Secondary Sources

Click here to download the pdf of Lorraine Coons and Alexander Varias, Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years, “‘The Soul of a Ship’: Experience and Life of ‘Below-Deck’ Personnel” (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003).

Click here to download the pdf of Coons and Varias, Tourist Third Class, “‘Traveling Palace’ or ‘Floating Sweatshop’: The Experiences of Women Seafarers”


Additional Resources on Social Studies

Rhode Tour Teaching – “The Dorr Rebellion” and “Industrial Heritage Along the Woonasquatucket.” The GSEs for Social Studies are approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education and are broken down into four categories: Civics and Govnerment, Historical Perspectives, Geography, and Economics.

View the Rhode Island Historical Society’s lesson plans.

Sunday on the River (1961) by Gordon Hitchens and Ken Resnick. 30 min. Photographed in part on the Alexander Hamilton showing charted outings by Harlem church congregations.  Click here to view Part I and Part II of the film.

Byron S. Miller, Sail, Steam, and Splendour: A Picture History of Life Aboard the Transatlantic Liners (New York: Times Books, 1977).