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  • How Italians Became ‘White’

    by Brent Staples

    Italians who had come to the country as “free white persons” were often marked as black because they accepted “black” jobs in the Louisiana sugar fields or because they chose to live among African-Americans.


  • When Republicans Encouraged Immigration

    by Jason H. Silverman

    Whereas Trump espouses a “go back where you came from” ideology, Abraham Lincoln endorsed the first, last, and only bill in American history to actually encourage immigration.  


  • Do We Want the America of Frederick Douglass or Donald Trump?

    by Walter G. Moss

    Which kind of America do we want? A “composite nation” that takes pride in its ethnic and religious diversity and sets an example for other countries who are fearful of immigrants? Or an America afraid of immigrants, especially if not lily white, Christian ones, as Trump and many of his followers desire?