Course detail: OSH078 - Irish, German and Italian Immigrants in 19th- and 20th-century America
What caused massive numbers of Irish, Germans and Italians to come to our shores in the 19th and early 20th centuries? What was the reaction of the native-born to these strangers? To what extent did the newcomers try to stick together, blend in, advance or return to their old country? What contributions did these immigrants and their offspring make to this country? To answer these and other questions, we will read excerpts from historians and the immigrants themselves, view portions of relevant documentaries, listen to music by or about these ethnic Americans, and share our own immigration family stories.