This digital lecture for the "gymnasiale Oberstufe" only will cover the current and past immigration policies in the US.

Free for students and teachers

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Immigration and the United States – Of Melting Pots and Border Fences (digital)

Master Class for Students / Free for students and teachers / Registration via bibliothek@amerikahaus.de


This master class will take place online via zoom.


The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. This talk examines immigration as a historical, social, cultural, and political phenomenon. We will briefly look at major immigration waves in the 19th and 20th centuries, and especially at the present-immigration wave that started in the 1990s. Who came and why? How did American society react to the influx of newcomers then and now?

While the United States has accepted untold millions of immigrants from all over the world, immigration has also been the source of sharp political and social conflict. Examples include the 19th century nativist movement and president Trump’s promise to build a wall along the US-Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.

The lecture will analyze these conflicts and put them in perspective. Finally, immigration has also been the topic of political satire and popular culture, which will help us cast a more humorous light on this serious topic.

Speaker: Dr. Markus Hünemörder, LMU München

Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin

(Photo: Statue of Liberty © Free-Photos)


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