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Episode 002 The Statue of Liberty, Immigration History, & More

This week at In the Past Lane we bring you 4 features. The first two relate to immigration which, as you well know, is a major political issue in the US these days.  Here’s the lineup:
1) The first feature examines a little-known aspect of American immigration history — specifically, the story behind the Statue of Liberty and how it camsubscribe-buttone to symbolize America’s tradition of welcoming immigrants.
2) Next, I have a conversation with historian Vincent Cannato, author of , American Passage: The History of Ellis Island, about why immigration is now – and seemingly always has been – a hot-button political issue.
3) From there we turn to The History Skinny, the segment where historian Stephanie Yuhl and I examine how history has made the headlines in recent days. This week we look at stories involving the controversy over a children’s book about one of George Washington’s slaves, the decision of Amherst College to drop its mascot, “Lord Jeff,” and Hillary Clinton’s alarming explanation of Reconstruction.
4) Mercy Street Rewind: Historian Megan Kate Nelson drops in for her weekly review of PBS’s historical drama, “Mercy Street,” We call this segment, Mercy Street Rewind.  This week, we talk about season 1, episode 2. PLEASE NOTE: to avoid dropping spoilers on unsuspecting listeners, this Mercy Street Rewind feature appears as a separate segment.  You’ll find it listed as MSR S1Ep02 in your iTunes cue, right after the In the Past Lane Episode 002.

See below for episode credits, links to readings, and more.

A Sampling of Political Cartoons Featuring the Statue of Liberty

Trump Beheads Statue of Liberty - Dec 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Dumping European Garbage" (Judge magazine, 1890) was typical of the nativist cartoons ca. 1880-1920 that used the image of Lady Liberty to condemn immigration.

“Dumping European Garbage” (Judge magazine, 1890) was typical of the nativist cartoons ca. 1880-1920 that used the image of Lady Liberty to condemn immigration.

Suggested Readings:

Vincent Cannato, American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

Elizabeth Mitchell, Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

Edward Berenson, The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story (Yale, 2012).

John Higham, “The Transformation of the Statue of Liberty,” in John Higham, Send These to Me: Immigrants in Urban America (Johns Hopkins, 1984).

Yasmin Sabina Khan, Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty (Cornell, 2010).

The New York Times, October 28, 1886.

 

Music Credits for Episode 002
Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com)
Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)
Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)
Andy Cohen, “Trophy Endorphins” (Free Music Archive)
The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

A 1919 cartoon warning that the US is threatened by the immigration of European radicals.

Music:
Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com) Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)
Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)
Andy Cohen, “Trophy Endorphins” (Free Music Archive)
The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

This cartoonist used the State of Liberty to highlight the argue that Chinese immigrants threatened the nation.

This cartoonist used the State of Liberty to highlight the argue that Chinese immigrants threatened the nation.