History Stories
CATEGORY: Immigration
How a Little-Known ’60s Congressman Unwittingly Upended U.S. Immigration
February 2, 2018

Lawmakers thought focusing on family unification would preserve the immigration status quo. The result was just the opposite. Read More

How Trump’s Grandparents Became Reluctant Americans
January 17, 2018

See a colorized version of an early 1900s photo of the president's grandparents. Read More

How Stereotypes of the Irish Evolved From ‘Criminals’ to Cops
December 18, 2017

One immigrant group’s journey from outsiders to shaping 20th-century law enforcement. Read More

Every Event Has an Echo from the Past
December 15, 2017

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Chinese Exclusion Act, a look at which historical events set the context for 2017's big moments. Read More

Just How Divided Are Americans Since Trump’s Election?
November 8, 2017

Five historians dissect the country's divisions in the era of Donald Trump. Read More

The ‘Diversity’ Green Card Lottery Was Originally for White Immigrants
November 2, 2017

The history behind the program Trump wants to scrap. Read More

The Grisly Story of America’s Largest Lynching
October 25, 2017

Innocent Italian-Americans got caught in the crosshairs of a bigoted mob. Read More

When American Lawmakers Took a Page from the Nazi Playbook
October 23, 2017

Some believed they could improve the U.S. population by controlled breeding. Read More

Rotten Meat and Stewed Prunes? Welcome to America
September 13, 2017

When the government investigated Ellis Island, they found month-old pies made of apple cores, barrels of tainted lamb and beef, and rotten fish. Read More

The Birth of ‘Illegal’ Immigration
September 7, 2017

For a long time, it wasn't possible to immigrate “Illegally" to the U.S. Read More