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Veronika Doll, “A Lesson I Have Learned from a Witness Who Does Not Like to Remember”

I first met Vera Hodek [1] in 2011. I was finishing my research about Vincent Hodek – a Prague-born aircraft engineer and a Czechoslovakian immigrant who came to the United States in October 1966, bringing his wife Marie and daughter Vera.…

Jeff Turner, “Mormonism, ‘Asiatic’ Polygamy, and Immigration Regulation in 1891″

At the Value Voters Summit in fall 2016, American politician Gary Bauer offered a history lesson. Then-candidate Donald Trump had come under a storm of criticism for calling for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States. Politicians from…

Alberto Wilson III, “Border Walls in a Globalized Age”

In November 2016, Tom Vanderbilt published an opinion piece in the New York Times titled, “The Walls in Our Heads.” Walls, he argued, rarely engender the expected outcomes of control but rather signal the erosion of state power. Vanderbilt suggested that…

Genevieve Carpio, “Teaching #ImmigrationSyllabus”

In the past year, there have been a series of #syllabi designed to provide a historical and theoretical context for critical social issues with deep historical roots in the United States, including #FergusonSyllabus, #CharlestonSyllabus, #BaltimoreSyllabus, and #StandingRockSyllabus. These syllabi and…

Patrick Lacroix, “Refugee Soldiers, American Patriots: Canadians in the Quest for Independence”

In the spring of 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountains Boys surprised the small British garrison at Ticonderoga, a strategic point guarding the all-important hydrographic highway consisting of the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, and the Richelieu River in Canada.…

Stacy D. Fahrenthold, “Teaching Migrant and Refugee Histories in the Shadow of Trump”

There are numerous challenges facing historians of Middle Eastern migration at the moment. Trump’s promise to ban Muslims from travel to the United States has engendered an executive order that Trump’s administration variously claims is and is not a “ban.”…

S. Deborah Kang, “The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954”

S. Deborah Kang, The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). In December 2014, I visited Friendship Park/El Parque de la Amistad, San Diego-Tijuana, to take photos for my…

Jessica Lee, “Did Immigrants Cheer a National Tragedy? How Rumors Become Immigration Policy”

In early September at the turn of the century, while shocked Americans mourned a national tragedy, immigrants in New Jersey celebrated in the streets. This isn’t just the fantasy President Trump swears he witnessed on television (despite all evidence to…

Ellen Engseth, “Resources for you at the IHRC Archives”

I am happy to share with you about the resources at the IHRC Archives available for your work on im/migration and ethnic history, including some funding opportunities. The Immigration History Research Center Archives (aka IHRCA, or IHRC Archives) is a…

Carly Goodman, “Debating diversity: The Diversity Visa lottery and the 2016 election”

Last summer I volunteered at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where the program’s embrace of diversity showcased the best of America. Speakers, delegates, and attendees were women, people of color, people of different gender identities and sexual orientations, disabled people,…

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