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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The Microhistory Assignment

by Prof. Hangen - March 19th, 2018

After we return from Spring Break, you’ll be developing a final paper topic – a “microhistory” of a single (non-famous) person or organization. See the Research Paper tab above for full details.

Monday 3/26 – Bring laptops & meet in the Library instruction area (Children’s Book Area) on the main floor of the library. Today and Friday we will work with Ross Griffiths, University archivist and reference liaison for history.

Wednesday 3/28 – our discussion day will focus on an article by Jill Lepore (Harvard University) called “Historians Who Love Too Much” (posted as PDF in Blackboard).

Discussion Questions –
How does Lepore define “microhistory”?
What is the difference between biography and microhistory?
What is microhistory’s value, especially for studying people who left us little record?
What are Lepore’s four propositions, and how will you apply them to your upcoming research project?

Friday 3/30 – a second library day to refine and explore your topics one more time with both Ross and myself. Your topic and source list are due via email by midnight.

American Women, 1940-1960

by Prof. Hangen - March 9th, 2018

This week we’ll be jumping into the mid-20th century and looking at women’s lives in the 1940s-1960s. Continue reading →

University Snow Day for Wed March 7

by Prof. Hangen - March 6th, 2018

We will not meet in person for class on Wed, March 7 due to the snowstorm. Wednesday’s class will be moved online instead.

Everyone: Please post your thoughts about the assigned reading on a discussion thread under “Discussions” on Blackboard (the 01 green sidebar Blackboard shell) sometime on Wednesday, and also check out the *revised* Digital Project guidelines on the course website, due FRIDAY March 9 by midnight.

Honors: Remember there is a discussion thread this week hosted by Kyra on the ZinnBlog (in the Discussions on the H1 purple sidebar Blackboard shell) about Chapter 6 – make sure you participate before SUNDAY March 11th at midnight.

Everyone: there are some upcoming events in our department related to Women’s History Month for which you can get extra credit since they’re related to our current course unit, so watch for that newsletter coming in your inboxes later today.

Thanks, see you Friday in class! ~ Dr. Hangen