Category: History

Attitudes More Attitudes … and social media

More Attitudes … and social media

This being the 21st Century and social media being social media, our Facebook and LinkedIn posts get a lot of comments that you never see … because we have to delete them – they get pretty brutal. They’re mean and unthinking and insulting and par for the course. Immigration is a topic that almost everyone …

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History Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! While we prepare to celebrate, we’d like to offer this short history lesson. The Declaration of Independence was adopted and approved by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. (That’s right, not the 4th). Fifty-six men signed the Declaration. They did so despite the fact that no signatures were required, the act …

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History Immigrants in History, Part One

Immigrants in History, Part One

A new monthly blog feature: we will be spotlighting an immigrant from American history that you may have never heard about. These are immigrants who made a real difference in American history but aren’t as well known today as they should be. Our inaugural figure is John Peter Altgeld. John Peter was born in Germany …

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History Banning Immigrants

Banning Immigrants

“Certain kinds of criminality are inherent in the Italian race. In the popular mind, crimes of personal violence, robbery, blackmail and extortion are peculiar to the people of Italy.” ~ The United States Immigration Commission, Dillingham Report, 1911. Sec. 11. (a) The annual quota of any nationality shall be 2 per centum of the number …

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History Decoration Day and Immigrants

Decoration Day and Immigrants

A brief story for Memorial Day. Memorial Day first began as Decoration Day shortly after the Civil War ended in 1865. It was exactly what it sounds like – a day to decorate the graves of the dead of the war. Recent revisions put the number of dead for the Civil War at 750,000. That …

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History One Hundred Years Ago … the Difference

One Hundred Years Ago … the Difference

PBS’ The American Experience just ran an outstanding three-episode show about the United States one hundred years ago. April saw the centennial anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war on Germany and our entry into the horrors of World War I. The American Experience’s The Great War is fascinating, infuriating, sad, and more than a …

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History Immigrants and Movies and Immigrants

Immigrants and Movies and Immigrants

Netflix just released a three part movie documentary by Steven Spielberg called Five Came Back. It’s highly recommended. It’s the story of who were probably the five best known directors in Hollywood at the start of World War II. The five, John Houston, Frank Capra, William Wyler, George Stevens, and John Ford were all at …

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History The Sons of Immigrants

The Sons of Immigrants

Seventy-five years ago this week, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. On its face, it was innocuous. Issued just over two months after Pearl Harbor it ‘merely’ gave the military the right to designate areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” In that respect, it looked like an order that allowed …

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History Immigration in 1900 and Baseball

Immigration in 1900 and Baseball

Between 1890 and 1914, 13.6 million people immigrated to the United States. If that number seems eerily familiar just remember that history has a way of repeating itself. By 1900, the United States was in upheaval. The debate of the day, sometimes acrimonious and divisive, sometimes driven by ‘fake news’, sometimes marvelously debated, was about …

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