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  • 16 Mar, 2021
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United States

This course has focused on the “century of immigration” to the United States between 1820 and 1924, and now we turn to recent immigration history since 1965. An historical approach to the rich immigration experience of the United States gives us a better command over the facts and a more objective view of the paths available to multiethnic societies.

In the near future, scholars of various disciplines will continue to observe and debate the socioeconomic prospects of the children of recent immigrants, and scholarly findings will have the potential to influence national immigration policy. Unfortunately, scholars and policymakers alike often consider the present without looking to the past. Thus, for students of immigration and ethnicity, it important to understand historical precedents and trends that may shed light on the present and the future.

After reading Nancy Foner’s From Ellis Island to JFK, please answer and discuss the following question, posed by Foner in Chapter 8, “A Look Backward – And Forward”:

Will today’s second generation (children of immigrants) move up the occupational ladder? Why or why not?

Daniels and Gjerde are not required for this discussion, but per the usual, they are useful for historical context or to corroborate or dispute evidence presented by Foner.

Your initial essay response to a discussion prompt should be composed as a five-paragraph essay between 375 and 900 words in length. All essays should completely address all questions asked with a quality argument backed by sufficient evidence.
Compose your initial response as a five-paragraph essay.
• In your initial response, be sure to answer all questions asked.
• Your initial response should include a strong, easily identifiable thesis statement.
Always back your arguments with evidence. When crafting your initial response, be sure
to use evidence from the readings to support your main points, and cite your sources,
whether you are paraphrasing or using the author’s words.
Citation within text is needed as well as references

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