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Things were always better back when….

December 2, 2018

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We’ve heard old timers say frequently that things were always better long ago in their youth. Music, morality, mothers and just about any category you can think about are remembered fondly and with great longing for the past. But, was it all that great? Well, some would say–definitely. Today we even have a word for […]

The New Hispanic America

December 2, 2018

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A few years ago, I discovered a Hispanic in my home. Awkkk, what’s happening here? The invasion of the Mexican gardeners? Confession: when I first came to Tuscaloosa in 1972 to teach Latin American history at UA, there were hardly any Spanish speakers in town, other than a few odd balls like me and the […]

Immigration, Redux

February 11, 2017

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It is time to visit immigration-land once again, especially to correct many absurd and patently wrong assumptions about this hot button issue. The first immigrants to North America were, of course, the ancestors of the American Indians who arrived maybe fifteen or twenty thousand years ago. The second wave of immigrants were your ancestors and […]

On Walls

February 11, 2017

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You know, as an historian, one can get cynical about the human condition. A short sampling of modern “wall” phrase making might include the following: Ronald Reagan:    “Tear down this wall!” Donald Trump:    “Build the wall!” Robert Frost:        “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” And we could add the more memorable line in […]

Immigration and the Bible

April 24, 2016

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When not tending my garden or working on my current writing projects, my attention is often drawn to life today and life yesterday. Or, put another way, my tendency is to compare how we live today and how we lived yesterday. And by yesterday I feel free to range from yesterday, literally, which would be […]

Immigrants in U. S. and Europe Vastly Different

February 15, 2015

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I am going to explore the obvious here, but sometimes the obvious is, well, so obvious that we tend to ignore it. At its simplest level, the major streams of modern immigration into Europe are vastly different from the major streams of modern immigration into the United States. Most of the immigrants going into Europe […]

Immigration

September 29, 2014

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The first immigrants to North America were the ancestors of the American Indians. They wandered across the Beringean land bridge between Alaska and Siberia during one of the Ice Ages, hunting and gathering, slowly making their way down into North, Central, and South America. The second wave of immigrants were your ancestors and mine–conquistadors, English […]