21H.221 The Places of Migration in United States History

Fall 2006

Black/white photo of immigrants on steerage deck of ship.
"The Steerage" by Alfred Stieglitz (1907). (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction number: C-USZ62-62880 [b&w film copy neg.].)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and an extensive list of readings. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This course examines the history of the United States as a "nation of immigrants" within a broader global context. It considers migration from the mid-19th century to the present through case studies of such places as New York's Lower East Side, South Texas, Florida, and San Francisco's Chinatown. It also examines the role of memory, media, and popular culture in shaping ideas about migration. The course includes optional field trip to New York City.
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Prof. Christopher Capozzola

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session