Ethnic and Cultural Groups

The history of our nation is deeply tied to immigration, whether forced or voluntary.  

 Ancestors of all Americans came here from diverse locations, so we all have
 immigrant roots. These experiences can be shared through legacy stories, which
 acknowledge that heritage and culture are rich aspects of personal and group
 identity. The actions, accomplishments and contributions recorded in these stories
 afford future generations knowledge, insight and inspiration. Using storytelling to
 communicate about ethnicity and culture broadens understanding, increases
 tolerance and heightens acceptance. Legacy stories also contribute to the telling of
 our nation’s history and are a key element in a comprehensive social studies
 education.

 Our program’s education resources are used in more than 2,000 schools and
 libraries nationwide and reinforce the commonalities that help unite, rather than
 divide, the American people.

Individuals, families, schools and nonprofits participate in Americans All for free.  

Legacy stories about ethnic and cultural group members are housed and listed alphabetically by their last name on our Web-based Heritage Honor Roll. These stories also appear on the Americans All home pages of our Legacy Partners. Legacy Partners are groups, businesses and organizations that honor and respect diversity in their membership and support our education mission. Included in the Heritage Honor Roll and home pages are legacy stories about immigrants who helped shape America and their descendants who continue to do so. These stories are sometimes shared in multiple languages and can be included in more than one Legacy Partner home page.

However, because our nation has become so polarized, we have expanded our focus and website to support major Civil Rights and Women’s Suffrage issues as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Our engagement aims to help people understand that unconscious bias is the very human tendency to make quick and sometimes lasting judgments about other people without even realizing they are doing so. Once people can see that their unconscious biases may unintentionally lead to discrimination and potentially harm them personally or professionally, the road to change opens. Our goal is to reinforce the notion that differences make us human, but respect for one another—a key to getting past stereotypes or politics—is the glue that makes communities work.

As an aggregator of resources, we are continually expanding our database. Below are the ethnic and cultural groups that are listed on our Legacy Partner landing page. We have also included links to our social studies resources

The Peopling of America: A Timeline of Events That Helped Shape Our Nation
   
 The Americas, African American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic American, The World

A Guide to the Americans All Photograph and Poster Collections
     Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Angel Island, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, European Americans, African 
     Americans, Puerto Rican Americans

Music of America's Peoples
     
22 original recordings of historic songs representing diverse ethnic and cultural groups.

African Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
African Americans: Unwilling and Voluntary Immigrants Who Helped Shape America
African Americans

Asian Americans

Chinese Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Chinese Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

European Immigration from the Colonial Era to the 1920s

French Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
French Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

German Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
German Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

Greek Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Greek Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

Hispanic Americans' Contributions to Our Nation

American Immigration: The Continuing Tradition
     An American Symbol: The Statue of Liberty    ●    Angel Island        Ellis Island

The Peopling of America: A Synoptic History

Irish American Political Leaders
Irish Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Irish Americans: Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
Irish Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

Italian Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Italian Immigrants Who Helped Shape America​

Japanese Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Japanese Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

Jewish Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Jewish Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

Mexican Immigrants Who Helped Shape America
Mexican Americans

Native Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
The Indian Nations: The First Americans​

Nigerian Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

Puerto Rican Americans' Contributions to Our Nation
Puerto Ricans: Immigrants and Migrants

Romanian Immigrants Who Helped Shape America

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Click here for tips on “How to create a legacy story.”

Click here for tips on “Storytelling for younger children.”

Click here to see how your group can become a Legacy Partner.

Click here to see how a member of your group member can join Americans All.