U.s. Immigration History

U.s. Immigration History

Prefix: 
HIS
Course Number: 
317

The United States has historically been both "a nation of immigrants" and a nation wary of them. This course will explore the history of immigration in/to the United States, paying close attention to the paradoxes and ironies that have defined that history since the nation's earliest days. We will trace changing migration patterns, examine the development of citizenship as a social and political construct, explain changes in immigration policy over time and their unintended consequences, discover the roots of nativism, and assess the struggle for immigrants' rights. We will delve into the experiences of various immigrant groups across time and place and investigate how class, race, and gender have intersected to shape immigration policy, and in turn, how immigration policy has shaped various social groups' politics and social attitudes and identities.

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