Becoming American: The Century of Immigration

Primary tabs

Program Type: Movie
Age Group: Adults

Program description

Join us for a six-part documentary film and discussion series on our immigration experience.

Immigration has been an ongoing and central component of American history, with identifiable peak periods. Between 1820 and 1924, forty million immigrants were added to the population of the United States and in the process made immigration a major and defining aspect of American life. Industrial expansion, the need for inexpensive labor, and mass migrations of peoples from Europe and around the world fueled unprecedented waves of immigration that changed the make-up, culture and social institutions of America and helped transform the United States into the most dynamic economy in the world. This opening program provides a historical context for the study of immigration, looking at the reasons for and consequences of the period historians call America’s “Century of Immigration.‟

This month's films are New York, A Documentary Film: Episode 4, The Power and the People and The Jewish Americans: Episode 2, A World of Their Own.

For an introduction of this program's topic, please read this introductory essay


Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.