Trump Embodies America’s Worst Traditions

In the age of Obama, I believed that most or at least a majority of Americans had overcome, had been educated out of racism, prejudices, their worst fears and traditions. They would no longer embrace dangerous demagogues like Joe McCarthy and George Wallace, and would respond primarily to positive aspirations and to appeals to reason. … Continue reading Trump Embodies America’s Worst Traditions

Frightening: Nearly 40% of Americans Fail Basic Test About the U.S. That Immigrants Must Pass

Historian Niall Ferguson in Newsweek, 2011: "Back in the 1840s, a group of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants in New York founded the Know-Nothing movement—also known as the Order of the Star Spangled Banner or, in the 1850s, the American Party—to agitate against the new wave of immigrants from Catholic Ireland and Germany. When asked about their … Continue reading Frightening: Nearly 40% of Americans Fail Basic Test About the U.S. That Immigrants Must Pass

In the 1930s, Half a Million American Citizens Were Deported to Mexico

Terry Gross, Fresh Air, NPR: "In the 1930s, during the Depression, about a million people were forced out of the U.S. across the border into Mexico. It wasn't called deportation. It was euphemistically referred to as repatriation, returning people to their native country. But about 60 percent of the people in the Mexican repatriation drive … Continue reading In the 1930s, Half a Million American Citizens Were Deported to Mexico