HIST 367

Immigration in the U.S.

This course provides a broad overview of the history of immigration in the United States from the colonial era to the present day. The course begins by analyzing the contours and historiography of immigration. The opening sections of the class consider the role of African slaves, Native Americans, the frontier, and the early republic in an effort to understand the parameters of immigration and citizenship. After establishing these debates and perspectives, the course moves into a series of case studies that overlap with major political and legislative shifts in the history of citizenship and immigration. The course looks at how factors such as ethnicity, class, religion, race, and foreign policy have shaped the immigrant experiences of various groups. The material in the course also seeks to highlight the uneven nature of immigration in the United States. In particular, students analyze how and why certain immigrant groups have been privileged over others to understand how these shifts have colored the immigrant narrative of the United States.