Boundless Immigration History

Posts about the history of immigration to the United States from the colonial era up to current events.

Immigrant Voting Rights

Mar 10, 2018

The first major piece of U.S. legislation dealing with immigrant voting rights was the Naturalization Act of 1790, which allowed people born outside the United States to become citizens with voting rights — provided they were white men.

These U.S. Immigrants Won Political Science’s Most Prestigious Prize

Dec 17, 2017

Nicknamed the “Nobel Prize in Political Science,” the Johan Skytte Prize has been awarded annually since 1995 “to the scholar who in the view of the Foundation has made the most valuable contribution to political science.” These Skytte Prize-winners had something…

Civil Rights and Immigration

Dec 8, 2017

One legal definition of civil rights describes them as “an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury.” The civil rights afforded to immigrants allow them equal protection under the law…

Immigration and Globalization

Dec 8, 2017

The World Economic Forum defines globalization as “the process by which people and goods move easily across borders.” As such, you can’t have globalization without human migration.

Truman’s “Fair Deal” and Immigration

Nov 10, 2017

On Jan. 5, 1949 President Harry S. Truman gave what is known as his “Fair Deal” speech, in his State of the Union Address to Congress. In the speech he called for national health insurance, an increased minimum wage, public…

Immigration, President Carter and Iran

Nov 10, 2017

On Oct. 21, 1979 Jimmy Carter allowed the deposed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran to enter the U.S. to receive medical treatment for cancer. This humanitarian action towards a single immigrant exacerbated tensions with Iran’s new revolutionary government, led…

These Leading Sociologists Were U.S. Immigrants

Oct 17, 2017

Every year since 1980 the American Sociological Association has given the W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award. Several recipients of the award came to the U.S. as immigrants — an experience that informed many aspects of their own work.

Business and Immigration

Oct 11, 2017

Throughout U.S. business history, immigrants have played an important part at every level, from visionary business-founders to the workers who help businesses succeed and grow.

Immigration during the New Deal

Oct 9, 2017

Enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1936, the New Deal was a sweeping series of federal programs and reforms designed to counter the effects of the Great Depression. Immigrants played a role both in setting the stage…

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