Between 1870 and 1900, over half the Scots who left home emigrated to the USA. By this time, the country was more developed and needed skilled and educated workers. Scottish communities built up around the industries of masonry, textiles, steel and car manufacturing.
Students could use this clip to examine the different working opportunities available to Scottish immigrants who moved to America between 1870 and 1900. They could use the basic information on individual communities such as those of Aberdeen and Paisley and then undertake further independent research. It would also be useful for students to consider the importance of the role of the Scottish in the development of today's modern America.