Immigration History


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Enjoy the following educational posts about the history of immigration to the United States — from the colonial era to the present.


Immigration and Globalization

December 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. People cross borders to offer their labor, their investments and their ideas in… View Article


Truman’s “Fair Deal” and Immigration

November 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… View Article


Immigration, President Carter and Iran

November 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… View Article


Abraham Lincoln and Immigration

October 21, 2017

During the years before he ran for president, Abraham Lincoln made it clear that he found the anti-immigrant sympathies of the nativist “Know-Nothing Party” to be hypocritical. In an 1855 letter, he wrote that “As a nation, we begin by… View Article


These Leading Sociologists Were U.S. Immigrants

October 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.Alejandro… View Article


Business and Immigration

October 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. A recent report found that more than half of U.S. startups that were valued at… View Article


Immigration During the New Deal

October 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. Although the 1930s were a period of net loss… View Article


FDR and Immigration

September 21, 2017

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four-term presidency spanned two great national and international upheavals — the Great Depression and World War II — which both triggered major effects on immigration.During the early years of his presidency, Roosevelt loosened instructions put in place… View Article


U.S. Immigrants Who’ve Won Microbiology’s Top Prize

September 16, 2017

The U.K.-based Microbiology Society is one of the world’s top professional associations covering the study of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other tiny forms of life. Since 1953 the Society’s biennial Marjory Stephenson Prize has been awarded for outstanding contributions to… View Article


Immigration Under President Kennedy

September 8, 2017

While campaigning for President, John F. Kennedy stated that “we must remove the distinctions between native born and naturalized citizens to assure full protection of our laws to all … the protections provided by due process, right of appeal, and statutes… View Article


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