American Immigration Revisited Readings
Participants will be sent the books and readings before the Institute begins.
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Readings to be Completed before the Institute begins:
- Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life, 2nd edition. New York: Harper Collins, 2002
- Gerber, David and Alan M. Kraut, eds. American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader. New York: Palgrave, 2005.
- Ngai, Mae. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.
Institute Activities and Reading Schedule
”Week I: Migration in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Global Phenomenon
July 6: “Welcome and Introductory Remarks” by Maureen Nutting, North Seattle Community College
Keynote Lecture: “The United States, A Nation of Nations” by Alan M. Kraut, American University
July 7: Lecture: “Western European Migration to America in the 19th Century”
Tim Meagher, Catholic University of America
Readings: Jon Gjerde. The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997; 1-25.
Kevin Kenny, “Diaspora and Comparison,” Journal of American History Vol. 90, no. 1(June 2003): 134-162.
Timothy Meagher, “Irish Americans and Race,” Columbia Guide to Irish American History. New York: Columbia University Press: New York, 2005; 214-233.
Evening films: Chaplin’s The Immigrant and Guggenheim’s Journey to America
July 8 Lecture: “Latin American Migrations and Hemispheric Connections” David Gutierrez, University of California San Diego
Reading: Marcelo R. Suarez-Orozco, ed., David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and. Marela Paez, ed. Latinos: Remaking America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. 45-92.
July 9 Lecture: “Asian Migration: Exclusion and Discrimination” by Madeline Y. Hsu, University of Texas, Austin
Readings: Azuma, Eiichiro. “Racial Struggle, Immigrant Nationalism, and Ethnic Identity: Japanese and Filipinos in the California Delta, 1930-1941.” Pacific Historical Review Vol 67, no. 2 (May 1998): 163-99.
Wang, Gungwu. “Sojourning: The Chinese Experience in Southeast Asia.” In Sojourners and Settlers: Histories of Southeast Asia and the Chinese. edited by Anthony Reid. Saint Leonards, NSW: Allen and Ulwin, 1996.
Lee, Erika. “Orientalisms in the Americas: A Hemispheric Approach to Asian American History.” Journal of Asian American Studies Vol. 8, no. 3 (2005): 235-256.
July 10: “Free African Migrations” by Violet Johnson, Agnes Scott College
Readings: John Logan, “Who are the Other African Americans? Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants to the United State, ” in The Other African Americans: Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States, eds. Yoku Shaw-Taylor and Steven Tuch (Lanham, MD, 2007).
Violet Johnson, “What, then is the African American: African and Afro-Caribbean Identities in Black America.” Journal of American Immigration and Ethnic History, Vol.28, no.1 (forthcoming in Fall 2008).
Week II: Migrations Between Cultures: A Perennial Issue
July 12-14: Three-day trip to New York, NY
July 12: Bus trip to N.Y.C—Briefing on NYC & other I-95 immigrant cities: Baltimore, Philadelphia & Hoboken (Nutting). Arrival at Fordham University followed by a Bronx walking tour (Nutting).
July 13: Morning/early afternoon tours of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty led by Alan Kraut. Lunch on the island.
Evening: Dinner in the Bronx’s Little Italy, followed by “The Migration of Southern & Eastern Europeans at the Turn of the Century” by Hasia Diner, New York University
Reading: Hungering for America (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2001), Ch. 3, “The Bread is Soft: Italian Foodways, American Abundance,” 48-83, and Ch. 7, “Food Fights: Immigrant Jews and the Lure of America ,” 178-219.
July 14: Tour of the Downtown Tenement Museum, followed by workshops on using documents and artifacts in teaching American Immigration and a short walking tour of the Lower East Side. Return by bus to Washington, D.C., with group discussions and immigrant stories en route.
July 15 Lecture: “Labor and Transnationalism: Thoughts on Laboring Across National Borders” by Donna Gabaccia, University of Minnesota
Readings: Donna Gabaccia, “Laboring Across National Borders: Class, Gender, and Militancy in the Proletarian Mass Migrations,” Special Issue New Approaches to Global Labor History, International Labor and Workingclass History Vol. 66 (Fall 2004): 57-77.
Adam McKeown, ‘‘Global Migration, 1846–1940,’’ Journal of World History, Vol. 15 (2004).
Gabaccia, “The ‘Yellow Peril’ and the ‘Chinese of Europe’: Global Perspectives on Race and Labor, 1815-1930,” in Jan and Leo Lucassen, eds., Migrations, Migration History, History: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives. Berlin: Peter Lang, 1997.
July 16 Lecture: “Remittances and the Transmission of Resources by Migrating Workers” by Barbara Posadas, IEHS President Elect and Northern Illinois University
Readings: Levitt, Peggy. “Social Remittances: Migration Driven Local-Level Forms of Cultural Diffusion.” International Migration Review Vol 32, no. 4 (1998): 926–948.
Parreñas, Rhacel. “Long Distance Intimacy: Class, Gender and Intergenerational Relations between Mothers and Children in Filipino Transnational Families.” Global Networks 5: 4 (2005): 317–336.
Viruell-Fuentes, Edna A. “‘My Heart Is Always There’: The Transnational Practices
of First-Generation Mexican Immigrant and Second-Generation Mexican American Women.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Vol. 13 (2006):335–362.
July 17 Lecture and Demonstration: “What we Learn from Immigrant Letters” by David Gerber, University of Buffalo
Readings: David Gerber, “Epistolary Ethics: Personal Correspondence and the Culture of Emigration in the 19th Century,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 19:4, Summer 2000, 3-23.
Week III: Changes in Immigration Policy and Law; Changes in Immigrants’ Representations of America
July 20 Lecture: “Immigration Policy in the 19th and 20th Centuries” by Mae Ngai, Columbia University
Matthew Jacobson, “More ‘trans’, less ‘national’,” Journal of American Ethnic History Vol. 25, no. 4 (Summer 2006)
July 21 Lecture: “State Laws and Migration in the American West” by Elliot Barkan, California State University, San Bernadino
Elliott Barkan, “Prelude” in From All Points: America’s Immigrant West, 1870s-1952. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2007. 1-34.
Evening Film: Felicia Lowe’s Carved in Silence
July 22 Lecture: “What’s New and Old about Contemporary Immigration?” by Nancy Foner, Hunter College, CUNY
Readings: Nancy Foner, “Transnationalism Old and New,” chapter 3 in In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration. NYU Press, 2005.
David Lopez and Vanesa Estrada. “Language” in The New Americans, ed. Mary Waters and Reed Ueda. Harvard University Press, 2007.
“Assessing Immigrant Assimilation: New Empirical and Theoretical Challenges.” Mary Waters and Tomas Jimenez, Annual Review of Sociology, 2005.
July 23: Tour/Intro to the Reynolds Gallery of American Art and Portraiture hosted by Dr. Martin E. Sullivan, Director
July 24: Independent Research Day
Week IV: Doing Immigration History, Approaches and Resources
July 27 Lecture: “The Current State of Research and Writing” by Ronald Bayor, Georgia Tech and IEHS President
Readings: Claire Sheridan, “Contested Citizenship: National Identity and the Mexican Immigration Debates of the 1920s,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 21:3, Spring 2002, 3-35.
David Gerber, ‘Epistolary Ethics: Personal Correspondence and the Culture of Emigration in the 19th Century,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 19:4, Summer 2000, 3-23.
July 28: Curriculum Workshop with Maureen Murphy Nutting
Evening Film: Gregory Nava’s El Norte
July 29 Lecture: “Immigration and the Social Sciences” by Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Reading: “Two Stops in Today’s New Global Geographies: Shaping Novel Labor Supplies and Employment Regimes,” Forthcoming in American Behavioral Scientist. Special Issue on Women and Work, Edited by Winifred Poster (2008).
July 30: Participant Presentations. Closing dinner at local restaurant.
July 31: Participant Presentations. Concluding session followed by luncheon at the Library.