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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.…

Marlene Epp, “Narrating the Canadian Mosaic: Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada / Immigration et ethnicité au Canada”

Canada has about 200 ethnic groups, according to the most recent national census. To write the individual histories of all of these groups is a daunting, probably impossible, task. In 1979 the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), with funding from what…

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.”…

Hidetaka Hirota, “No Frontiers but Those of Humanity Itself: Immigration Reform in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts”

One of the most important developments in modern America is the widening gap between citizens and noncitizens. Citizenship status in many ways determines the rights and privileges of people in the United States today. But in the nineteenth century the…

Carl Lindskoog, “Writing Refugee History Amidst an Historic Refugee Crisis”

It was Tuesday, February 7. My four-year-old son and I were racing down Grand Central Parkway in Queens toward JFK airport. We were on our way to what we hoped would be a first meeting with a Syrian refugee family…

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,…

Julie Weise, “2016: The year nativism conquered the South”

Editor’s Note: Periodically, the blog features contributions by this year’s IEHS award winners to give our readers a sense of ongoing scholarship debates in Immigration and Ethnic History and related fields. In April 2016 IEHS awarded Julie Weise Honorable Mention for the Theodore…

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