Author Archives: Ken Dowell

FDR’s Black Eye

How we closed the door on German Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. Continue reading

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Ethnocentrism and the Roaring Twenties

The creation of immigration quotas. Continue reading

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Lange/Liu: Images of the Depression

From Hung Liu exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery Continue reading

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Is This the Most Discriminatory Act of Congress Ever?

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 Continue reading

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MFF21: Landmarks of My Youth on the Big Screen

American River and One All the Way Continue reading

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Morality, Sexism or Racism? The Page Act of 1875

Slamming the door on Asian women Continue reading

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MFF21: I Can See the World from My Cinema Seat

Short reviews of international features from the Montclair Film Festival Continue reading

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‘I Know Nothing.’ The Politics of Xenophobia in the 19th Century

The rise and fall of the Know-Nothings Continue reading

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Festivals ‘R’ Us

Montclair’s season of music, books and film. Continue reading

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The Forty-Eighters: Immigrants for Social Justice

German immigrant abolitionists. Continue reading

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