Refugee History in 20th Century Europe: A Brief Primer

A lot of smart people are discussing the current refugee crisis stemming from the Syrian Civil War.  Much of this commentary is critical of European states and asserts that Europe should look to a kinder gentler past when refugees were treated with dignity.  One of these commentators is Emily Bazelon of the New York Times.Continue reading “Refugee History in 20th Century Europe: A Brief Primer”

Gangs of New York, Nativism, and the American Immigrant Experience

“You see this knife?  I’m gonna to teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!”  This phrase screamed by Bill “the Butcher” Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film Gangs of New York reveals the nativist sentiment of 19thcentury New York City.  Those who recall the movie remember that the Butcher styled himself a trueContinue reading “Gangs of New York, Nativism, and the American Immigrant Experience”