‘Hi Jolly’: 19th-Century Syrian Immigrant and Pioneer of the American West

Photo by Marine 69-71, Wikimedia Commons It was 1848, the end of the Mexican-American War. By Naomi Gingold / 05.15.2017 In the 19th century, one of the first Arab Muslim immigrants to the US — potentially the first-ever Syrian immigrant — came by invitation of the US military. It was 1848, the end of the[…]

Early Modern Mediterranean Migration

A 16th century chart of Europe and North Africa. Luis Texieira, Portolan Chart, Lisbon, ca. 1600 via Wikimedia Commons Migration is central to Mediterranean history and people have always moved between its two shores. By Dr. Felicita Tramontana / 06.26.2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow University of Warwick The appointment of Matteo Salvini, leader of the[…]

French Immigrants to Constantinople and Greece in the 13th Century

Settlers brought relatives from the west, formed marriage alliances for themselves and their children in the east, and reoriented their lives. By Erica Jo Giles / 09.08.2006 After capturing Constantinople in 1204, the Fourth Crusaders[1] established several states in former Byzantine territory. Starting from the captured imperial center, westerners moved into Thrace, Greece, the Aegean[…]

Ungesund: Yellow Fever, the Antebellum Gulf South, and German Immigration

There is a strong correlation between the discourse of medical geography and German settlement patterns. By Paul Warden / 05.02.2017 PhD Candidate in Early American History/History of Medicine University of California, Santa Barbara Overview Drawing upon extensive observations published in the German-speaking states of northern Europe, Paul Warden addresses the collective medical geography of the Gulf[…]

How the 19th-Century Know Nothing Party Reshaped American Politics

Anti-immigrant cartoon showing two men labeled “Irish Wiskey” and “Lager Bier,” carrying a ballot box. / Everett Collection Historical, Alamy Stock Photo From xenophobia to conspiracy theories, the Know Nothing party launched a nativist movement whose effects are still felt today. By Lorraine Boissoneault / 01.26.2017 Like Fight Club, there were rules about joining the secret society[…]

Irish and German Immigration to the United States in the 19th Century

Harbour, Pilot’s Tower and Paddle Steamers 1852. / Dover Museum Nativism caused much splintering in the political landscape, and the Republicans benefited and rode to victory in the divisive election of 1860. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 07.30.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief In the middle half of the nineteenth century, more than one-half of the[…]

Making Home in Britain: Asian Immigration and Assimilation in the 19th Century

British Library, Public Domain How early Asian settlers earned a living and made a home in Britain.      By (left-to-right) Dr. Susheila Nasta, Dr. Florian Stadtler, and Dr. Rozina Visram Nasta: Professor of English, The Open University Stadtler: Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures, University of Exeter Visram: Independent Scholar in Asian Studies Making a permanent home in Britain was not[…]

The Dreadful History of Children in Concentration Camps

Child survivors of Auschwitz are seen in this 1945 photograph. (Creative Commons) The more notorious concentration camps of the 20th century must serve as a stark reminder of the depravity of tearing children away from their parents and putting them in camps. By Dr. Wilson T. Bell / 06.20.2018 Assistant Professor of History and Politics Thompson Rivers University Children and family have been central to the institution of the concentration camp from its[…]

The Impact of Early Modern Immigration on Food and Drink, and Vice Versa

A Boyar Wedding Feast, by Konstantin Makovsky, 1883 / Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens via Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. Gunther Hirschfeld and Dr. Manuel Trummer / 08.20.2013 Hirschfeld: Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Universität Regensburg Trummer: Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Universität Regensburg Abstract There is scarcely an aspect of daily cultural practice which illustrates the processes of transformation[…]

A Transcultural History of Europe – Perspectives from the History of Migration

Migrants are escorted through fields by police as they are walked from the village of Rigonce to Brezice refugee camp on October 23, 2015 in Rigonce, Slovenia. Thousands of migrants marched across the border between Croatia into Slovenia as authorities intensify their efforts to attempt to cope with Europe’s largest migration of people since World[…]

Immigration at the Turn of the 20th Century: Two Contemporary Accounts

The Changing  Character of Immigration By Kate Holladay Claghorn Photo of Claghorn in 1912 Text and images from The World’s Work: Scribners monthly, an illustrated magazine for the people, volume 1(Scribner & Son, New York, 1900-01) Nearly half a million immigrants came to our shores during the year that ended June 30, 1900, the statistics of which[…]

Refugee Women Cope With Trauma and Stress Through Drum Circles

Women and children participate in a drum circle in El Cajon, California. Studies have shown that recreational music-making in general and group drumming in particular can decrease stress and change the genomic stress marker. / Photo by Ari Honarvar How music is helping women from war-torn countries express grief and loss. By Ari Honarvar / 12.05.2017 More than three[…]

Teachers Inspire This Cambodian-American Boy to Keep His Traditional Dance Alive

Maddox and his brother in their apartment in Lowell, Massachusetts. / Photo by Heidi Shin By Heidi Shin / 11.14.2017 When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, the regime carried out a genocide that killed over 1.5 million people and specifically targeted nearly all of the country’s artists and musicians. Very few survived. After[…]

Plato’s ‘Republic’ and an Ancient Athenian Immigrant

Wikimedia Commons By Dr. David V. Johnson / 03.20.2017 Writer/Editor Stanford Social Innovation Review When it comes to immigration, not all foreigners are the same. The treatment of non-citizen legal residents, for example, raises very different moral and political questions from the larger debate about who should, and who should not, be allowed to enter.[…]

What Japanese Internment Taught Us About Standing Up for Our Neighbors

Artwork by Steve Gardner at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial in Washington state. The memorial wall is 276 feet long—one foot for every Japanese person who lived in that community in 1942. First, we must demand justice for ourselves. Second, those who have privilege and power must intervene for those without. By Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz[…]

Shameless Hypocrisy of Texans for Trump Shouting ‘Build That Wall!’

Construction workers on a project in Houston on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune An underground labor market provides abundant employment opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the United States. But working in the shadows often means accepting low pay and exploitation. In Texas, undocumented immigrants have no shortage of work By[…]

When Acts of Humanity Break the Law, We Are Truly in Dark Times

Woman and child, Lesbos, 2015. Santi Palacios/AP/Press Association Images. A new book documents Europe’s loss of humanity as refugees struggle to seek a haven away from wars and degradation. By Hsiao-Hung Pai / 06.01.2016 Escaping wars, destruction and poverty is simply human. The unequal world in which we live has always created conditions for desiring[…]

Lawmakers Rebuke Library of Congress Over Dropping “Illegal Alien” Language

U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. By Julián Aguilar Three Texas Republicans in Washington have chastised the U.S. Library of Congress for eliminating the terms “illegal aliens” and “alien” from its search and subject heading classifications. In a letter dated May 19 to acting librarian David S. Mao, U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith of San Antonio and[…]

Texas House Bill 11 – Immigrant Harboring Law – Blocked by Judge for Violating Supremacy Clause

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016 By Julián Aguilar / 04.14.2016 A federal judge has blocked part of the state’s omnibus border security bill that makes harboring undocumented immigrants a state crime. Under a provision of House Bill 11, which went into[…]