Immigration and Its Discontents, with John Cumbler
Fridays from 2-4pm January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28.
classes will be held at WHAT (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, 2537 State Highway Route 6).
Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said, “We are a nation of immigrants.” But as in all things historical, the story is more complicated. Some of us were not immigrants at all, but indigenous to this continent at least for some 12 thousand years, some of us were forcibly brought to this continent, while others of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. And although many of us are descendants of immigrants, as a nation we have not often welcomed our fellow migrants with open arms. This course will explore--emphasis on explore --the history of American immigration. It will focus on the tensions around the need for labor within the white economy, the fear of loss of privilege, the exploitation of that fear for political gain, the demographic shifts which facilitate migration and the political and economic forces which propel it.