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Migration and Hatred: The American Experience

October 10, 2019-8:00 pm

Migration and Hatred: The American Experience

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Howard D. Berger

8.00pm Thursday 10 October

Dr. Howard D. Berger received a BA and an MA in History from The George Washington University. He was Professor of History and Holder of the John Weyerhaeuser Chair in American History and retired in 2018 from the College of Idaho. Howard made Aliyah to Netanya and has made his name in our community as an excellent lecturer.

In the 16th century, a migration of Europeans to the North American Continent created a nation born out of immigration – The United States of America. Yet from its birth, the United States was increasingly uncomfortable with new waves of immigrants. As early 1798, the USA tried to find ways of deterring further new arrivals to its shores. This desire became a passion when the American Republic saw itself swamped with an “invasion” of Irish Roman Catholics and a popular hatred of the Irish swept the nation. After the Civil War, wave upon wave of Southeastern and Eastern Europeans brought anti-immigration feelings to fever pitch once again. The fact that so many immigrants were Jews brought Jew hatred to the front burner.

After the Great War, anti-immigration passion swelled the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan and changed American politics. When Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society welcomed immigrants, it opened or reopened the doors to anti-immigration hatred once again.

Can established nations absorb thousands of new arrivals? Or, is hatred of them part of our lives – eternally?


October 10, 2019
8:00 pm
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28 Shmuel Hanatziv
Netanya, Israel 4228132 Israel


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