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Alexander M. Stephens, “Wet Foot, Dry Foot: the Mariel boatlift and the dangerous persistence of memory”

In one of its final acts, the Obama Administration ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, closing a special path to legal resident status for Cubans. While often understood merely as a unique privilege, the policy was also an effort…

Katherine S. Carper, “The Difficulty of Studying “Immigrants” in the Early 19th Century”

There is one letter I find myself going back to in the course of my dissertation research. In October 2016, as part of a collection of thank-you notes to then-First Lady Michelle Obama, actor/writer/producer Rashida Jones wrote, “Rarely can someone…

Eladio Bobadilla, “It’s Giving Back to the Community”: Historians of race and ethnicity should take sports seriously

We are living in extraordinary times. The late historian Howard Zinn once remarked that the world we live in is “topsy-turvy.” But Zinn died during the presidency of Barack Obama. The world, it might have seemed, was tentatively moving in…

Philip D. Erenrich, “Bring in the gypsies: a case study in race and U.S. immigration policy”

 In late July 1909, headlines in several New York City newspapers expressed curious excitement about a group of recently arrived, and swiftly deported, immigrants. “Gypsies Fight to Resist Deportation,” read the Evening Mail. “Wield Babies as War Clubs,” exclaimed the…

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