Fall 2019 Topics In American Studies: Entrance and Exclusion American Immigration History
(American Immigration History)

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This course will examine the history of immigration to the United States from the 18th century to the present. We will study the diverse experiences of immigrants to the U.S. from Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. The concept of the United States as a melting pot that welcomes the downtrodden of the world has long been an integral component of our national identity. The conflict of whether to include or exclude various groups of people who wish to become part of American society, and in what numbers, in addition to competing beliefs about how immigration shapes our nation’s well-being are part of the drama that has been played out through the course of American history. With the objective of seeking to provide historical context to current debates on immigration reform, integration and citizenship, this course will address themes such as assimilation, gender differences, generational conflict, transnationalism, nativism and xenophobia, racialization and racism. This course will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach towards the history of U.S. immigration which will include the study of immigration law and legal cases, oral history, fiction and film, and both primary and secondary historical sources.

This course allows guest users to enter  This course requires an enrolment key