Published on April 7, 2008
Attitudes to immigrant groups in Tudor times and now.: Attitudes to immigrant groups in Tudor times and now. Lesson instructions: Print out slides 6 and 7 as worksheets. Students do sheet 1 (slide 6) as starter Do sheet 2 (slide 7) as main body Do slide 8 in own books as extension Attitudes to immigrants: Attitudes to immigrants NOW AND THEN Elizabeth I, 1596: Elizabeth I, 1596 The Queen spoke of her concern about ‘divers blackmoores brought into this realm, of which kind of people there are already here to manie...'. Elizabeth expelled black people from England?: Elizabeth expelled black people from England? Why might she have done this? Can you think of any examples in modern day Britain when problems are blamed on people from other cultures or communities? A letter published last year in The Sun newspaper: A letter published last year in The Sun newspaper “WE are encouraging shirkers, not workers to come to Britain. Our whole immigration policy is a shambles that will destroy our economy.“ Slide6: “The Queen is highly discontented to understand the great number of Negroes and blackamoors which are (living in England); who are (supported) here, to the great annoyance of her own people who are unhappy at the help these people receive” 'most of them are infidels, having no understanding of Christ or his Gospel'. 'those kinde of people should be sente forth of the land'. Anti-immigration statements Shade them in two colours. One colour to show modern quotes and one to show Tudor quotes Next to each, draw a symbol to show why the person writing is angry about immigration: Draw £ if you think it has something to do with money Draw if you think it has something to do with religion Draw any other symbol if you think it is about something else “BOGUS asylum seekers are bringing HIV, TB and hepatitis B to our shores” “WE are encouraging shirkers, not workers to come to Britain. Our whole immigration policy is a shambles that will destroy our economy.“ A Home Office report warns of an angry backlash as newcomers are given council houses and NHS beds, while forcing wages down. There will be no Muslim laws here thank you very much. Its bad enough they are allowed to live here and practice their religion here. 1) According to source A, what were the main problems in England?2) What ‘problem’ is Queen Elizabeth talking about in source B?3) Why might the Queen be keen to blame things on immigrants?4) According to source C, what is Elizabeth’s plan?5) Do you think the plan worked? Why/Why not?: 1) According to source A, what were the main problems in England? 2) What ‘problem’ is Queen Elizabeth talking about in source B? 3) Why might the Queen be keen to blame things on immigrants? 4) According to source C, what is Elizabeth’s plan? 5) Do you think the plan worked? Why/Why not? (The Queen) hath given a special commandment that the said kind of people shall be with all speed … (sent) out of this her majesty's (land); and to that end and purpose hath appointed Casper van Senden, …, for their speedy transportation. SOURCE C: PART OF A PROCLAMATION BY ELIZABETH I. (Continues from source B) In the late sixteenth century England experienced serious poverty. This was due to harvest failures and rising birth-rates, which meant that there were more mouths to feed. The monasteries, which had previously given food and shelter to the poor, had been closed. The poor had nowhere to go, and many wondered the streets. SOURCE A: REASONS FOR POVERTY IN THE 16TH CENTURY ELIZABETH AND THE BLACKAMOORS Slide8: Draw two figures The Queen: making a speech about her plans to expel black people A black Londoner, responding to the speech and explaining what the real problems behind the poverty are.