“More Trans-, Less’National'” & “Globalizing Migration Histories?” (Reading Blog #10)

In More Trans-, Less National, Mathew Jacobson tries to explore “transnationalism” and its role in immigration history. First, he mentions Oscar Handlin’s The Uprooted. It was this work that made Jacobson conclude that “immigrants were American history”. Jacobson also concludes that Handlin helped establish a durable nationalist framework from which the field has only unevenly and haltingly emerged. he then mentions the emerging interest of immigration history, citing the founding of the Ellis Island National Park. In the final section of this essay,  Jacobson tells us that there are two themes of national identity, one of which (which I think is the most important) is described as “a nation of immigrants” that help build America. This is proven to be true when you consider American innovators like Nikola Tesla and Andrew Carnegie were immigrants themselves. In Globalizing Migration Histories, Bruno Ramirez takes Jacobson’s study on immigration and expands it to a more global focus. He notes that globalization as a “space of particular migration movements that originated from a given region or country that became worldwide.” Ramirez also states that migration might be the result of a historiographical process (kinda like how the first humans migrated out of Africa). He uses migration case studies from Italy and Canada to support this.

In conclusion, I think both of these are good essays to study about immigration and migration.  I always knew that immigration had always played a major role in our nation’s history,  but I did not know that migration also played a role.

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