Exam 3

by Prof. Hangen - May 8th, 2018

Exam #3 will take place Wednesday, May 16 at 12:30 pm in our regular classroom.

Study Guide here

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End of Term Wrap-Up for Spring 2018

by Prof. Hangen - April 25th, 2018

Mon 4/30 Latino America. Reading: Zinn Ch. 8 plus pp. 614-616. Some additional background on immigrant “repatriation” of Mexicans during the 1930s…

Map of US Territorial Accessions
Changing Mexico-US Border (Library of Congress blog)
New York Times Immigration Explorer (interactive map)
Mass Deportation, It’s Happened Before (short clip)
Forgotten History of Mexican-American Repatriation (longer interview)

Wed 5/2 The (or rather, A?) Mexican-American Experience. Reading: Pam Munoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising.

Discussion Questions: What do you learn from this text about Mexican-American migrant worker experiences? Does the fact that it is based on the author’s own family story give this work of fiction special authority or power? What are some of the themes and symbols explored in this book? What’s the novel’s historical context (hint: it was published in 2000)? How might this book be incorporated into K-12 classrooms, or into other public history or education settings? How does this story connect to our other readings about marginalized, migrant, and/or minority peoples? In what way is this a work of social history?

Fri 5/4 Discussion Day on Latino life & culture in contemporary US.

Links to explore —

Difference between Hispanic, Latino & Spanish (video)
“40 Years from now, the US Could Look Like Las Vegas,” 538.com 22 June 2017
Facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month (2015)
“How a routine immigration interview turned into an arrest,” Boston Globe 11 March 2018
The Wall (USA Today)

See also: Census 2020 concerns
Houston: preview of coming America
Counting Latinos in the US Census (NPR / Code Switch)

Mon 5/7 Course Wrap Up & Sharing Day. Bring a food to share. I’ll provide juice/soda and paper products. Each person will have 3-5 minutes to talk about their project and its findings. Final Paper is due ELECTRONICALLY via EMAIL w/ 50-word summary on the title page. Exam Study guide will be handed out.

Exam #3 will be Wednesday 5/16 at 12:30 pm.

Week of 4/16 – Social History of Immigration Today

by Prof. Hangen - April 16th, 2018

Mon 4/16No Class

Wed 4/18 – Discussion Day on today’s immigrant cultures. Ahead of time: two tasks.

1) Please listen to ONE of these episodes of This American Life (about an hour long each)

Our Town (Part One) 8 December 2017
Our Town (Part Two) 15 December 2017
Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville 21 July 2017
I Thought it Would be Easier (Act One, i.e. first half of the show) 19 Jan 2018
It’s Working Out Very Nicely 3 Feb 2017

2) Find and bring (or bookmark on your laptop) a news article or piece of long-form journalism relating to immigration, written within the last two years.

Prepare to talk about both of them using these discussion questions:

Who are today’s immigrants (and why those in particular)?
What are some of the pushes and pulls that bring newcomers to the United States?
In what ways does today’s debate echo earlier national debates over immigration vs. what is new and unique to our time?

Additional Resources
“Key Findings about US Immigrants, 2015” (Pew Research Center)
Largest Immigrant Groups Over Time, 1960-Present (Migration Policy Institute)

Fri 4/20 – *OUR LAST* Professor for a Day featuring Patrick and Alex

Reminder, a draft of your final paper is due on Monday, April 23 – bring two printed copies to class (one for peer review, one to hand in).

Week of 4/9 – Asian Immigration, Migration, and Nation

by Prof. Hangen - April 7th, 2018

“Asia” is not a country but a region of the world, and “Asian Americans” is a complex concept, embracing people of very diverse language, religious, geographic and cultural backgrounds. For Mon 4/9 we’ll read two contrasting histories about two groups of Asian Americans in the 1930s/1940s time period: Ngai, “Impossible Subjects: Filipino Migration” and Goldstein-Shirley, “Strangers in their Own Land” (both as PDFs on Blackboard).

For Wed 4/11 you’ll be assigned one of these links for a discussion day about race and immigration.

Rojas, “Who Was Wong Kim Ark?”
Densho Encyclopedia “Alien Land Law,” see also California Alien Land Law of 1913
State Department, The Johnson-Reed Act
Johnson, “The Coming Immigration Law” and Cable, The Plan Before Congress”
Clancy, “An Un-American Bill”
Smith, “Shut the Door”
Kennedy, “A Nation of Immigrants”
Johnson, “Remarks on Signing Immigration Bill”

Discussion Questions: Use your assigned link to address these questions — how did prevailing ideas about race inform immigration policy in Congress and the courts? What assumptions and values can you identify in the time period covered by your article? In your view, what were some of the longterm effects of immigration restriction?

Friday 4/13 is Professor For a Day, with Andrew, Sam and Erin.

Suggestions –

Provide background and overview of anti-Chinese racism by labor unions in Butte, Montana in 1884 or the Rock Springs Massacre in Wyoming in 1885

Explore the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA) and share some of its highlights.

Or… learn about Fred Korematsu, his court case, and why he was eventually awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Or… explore the DPLA online exhibition about life in World War II internment camps

Or… showcase what we can learn from Ansel Adams’ photographs from Manzanar (California) internment camp

Or… learn about life in Hawaii [not yet then a state, remember] for Japanese-Americans during World War II and how it differed from the American mainland. For example: here, here, here, or here.

Who Is America? Social History as the History of Immigration and Multiculturalism

by Prof. Hangen - April 1st, 2018

In our final unit (!) of the course, we explore America as an ethnic mix, a melting pot, and as a contentious, diverse society. At certain times in our history and for certain groups, this is framed as a positive good and the source of the distinctive American character. At other times, and for other groups, it’s framed as a fundamental threat to American democracy and stability.

Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King on the Montgomery-to-Selma march, 1965

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