In October, the National History Center hosted a congressional briefing on the history of US refugee policy. At the briefing, Carl Bon Tempo (SUNY-Albany) and Maria Cristina Garcia (Cornell) outlined the evolution of refugee policy from the immediate postwar period through the Refugee Act of 1980.
Read Dane Kennedy’s recap of the event, “Myths and Realities of the US Refugee Policy,” for Perspectives Daily.
In August, the National History Center hosted a congressional briefing on the history of US agricultural policy. At the briefing, Anne Effland (USDA), Sarah Phillips (Boston University), and David Hamilton (University of Kentucky) discussed the origins of the modern “Farm Bill,” and the evolution of federal agricultural policy since 1970.
Read Dane Kennedy’s recap of the event, “Ground Strategy: How Federal Farm Policy Shaped America,” for Perspectives Daily.
The Center’s latest briefing on US trade policy drew a standing-room only crowd. At the event, historians offered two contrasting interpretations of America’s history of trade policy and assessments of its implications for today.