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IEHS Board statement in support of the George Floyd demonstrations and #BlackLivesMatter

We, the scholars of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, express our outrage over the murders and police killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor among countless others. We condemn the underlying forces of white supremacy and state…

Beatrix Hoffman, “Pandemic Reading: 10 Books on Health and Immigration History”

The covid-19 pandemic has fueled racism and xenophobia, echoing past pandemics. Beatrix Hoffman has compiled a reading list on U.S. immigration, public health, and the history of medicine to help make sense of our current moment. Below are 10 must-read…

Online Series on Recently Published Books: Jane Hong and Gerry Cadava 6/12 4pm EST

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society is pleased to announce the first in our new Online Series on Recently Published Books: Jane Hong, Occidental College, Opening the Gates to Asia Gerry Cadava, Northwestern University, The Hispanic Republican Moderated by Torrie Hester, Saint Louis University June 12 | 4:00-5:00 pm EST…

Emiliano Aguilar Jr., “’Many people opted to leave’: The Repatriation Movement in East Chicago, Indiana”

When I talked to him on the phone, Frederick Maravilla was ninety-nine years old, and was a captivating storyteller. I sat at the kitchen table in my studio apartment, listening to stories of his eventful life growing up in a…

Samuel J. Klee, “Childlike Cultivators? Catholicism and Latinx Migrants in Chesterfield, Missouri, 1951-1965”

What’s a priest to do when his flock is unfree? Fr. John F. Godfrey, a mid-twentieth century priest at Ascension Catholic Church in Chesterfield, Missouri, ministered to farmworkers at the Hellwig Brothers’ Farm. During World War II, the Hellwigs and…

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