Aliens!: Immigration and American Society

Ann Gerber
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 3:30-4:45 pm and TR 5:00-6:15 pm
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At present, 99% of Americans are – or can trace their origins to – persons who arrived here as indentured servants, slaves, laborers, merchants, political and economic refugees, and those seeking freer and more prosperous conditions. Hence, the great theme of America’s story is that of immigration. This course will investigate that story, with particular emphasis on immigration in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through readings, guest speakers, film and song, students will come to understand how most immigrant groups battled for bare acceptance and minimal safety in their new home. We will discuss the puzzling phenomenon of “nativism,” – i.e., extreme anti-immigrant sentiment, often expressed by people who are relatively recent immigrants themselves. We will bring the impact of ongoing immigration, particularly from Mexico, to the United States, from a national to a local level by learning of its effects on Watauga County, paying close attention to the local school system.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

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