C-SPAN 3’s American History TV aired the National History Center’s Congressional Briefing, Historical Perspectives on Congress and Immigration Policy, at 5:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 12, and at 1:45 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. The program is now available from C-SPAN’s Video Library at Congressional Briefing on Immigration – C-SPAN. A version can also be viewed on the American Historical Association’s YouTube channel at Congressional Briefing on Immigration – AHA.
The briefing took place on April 5, 2013, and features presenters Tyler Anbinder of George Washington University, Alan M. Kraut of American University, and Mae M. Ngai of Columbia University, with moderator James Grossman of the American Historical Association.
James Grossman is Executive Director of the American Historical Association and a member of the History Department faculty at the University of Chicago. His books include Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration. His editing projects include the Encyclopedia of Chicago and the series “Historical Studies of Urban America.” His articles have focused on urban history, African American history, ethnicity, and the place of history in public culture.
Tyler Anbinder is a professor of history at George Washington University. His books and articles about American immigrant life and anti-immigrant sentiment include Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s and the award-winning Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum.
Alan M. Kraut, University Professor of History at American University and fellow of the Migration Policy Institute, is the prize-winning author or editor of nine books and many articles on immigration, ethnicity, medicine and public health. A past president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and chair of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s History Advisory Committee, he is president of the Organization of American Historians.
Mae M. Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author of books, articles, and commentary on immigration, including the prize-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. She serves on the executive committee of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s History Advisory Committee.