Public Program, Author Talk We the People: The 500-Year Battle Over Who Is American registration required 27 February 2020.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Benjamin Railton, Fitchburg State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/We_the_People_high-res_cover-cropped.jpg

Ben Railton argues that throughout our history two competing yet interconnected concepts have battled to define our national identity and community: Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/thumbnail_We_the_People_high-res_cover.jpgexclusionary and inclusive visions of who gets to be an American. From the earliest moments of European contact with indigenous peoples, through the Revolutionary period's debates on African American slavery, 19th century conflicts over Indian Removal, Mexican landowners, and Chinese immigrants, 20th century controversies around Filipino Americans and Japanese internment, and 21st century fears of Muslim Americans, time and again this defining battle has shaped our society and culture.

 

 

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