I’m taking the easy way out this week and letting political cartoons do the talking for me again. I have plenty of topics I want to write about, but they’re all research- and writing-heavy, and with this week being incredibly busy at work, I just don’t have the time I need to complete everything. I will be around today, but sporadically and as my work allows.
“The High Tide of Immigration — A National Menace” (1903)
Continuing my look at our unspoken, unstudied history through historical images, this week’s topic is immigration. For those who are not solely descendents of either First Nations’ people or slaves, immigration is a shared legacy. And yet, our history shows our ongoing uneasiness with the Other, however that is defined at any given period in our history. Reactions were often harsh, mean-spirited, and without compassion, and defined the newest wave with the ugliest of racial, religious, and ethnic stereotypes. Sound familiar?
Philly76 gave us meaty commentary to chew over yesterday; I’m going in the opposite direction and pulling some political cartoons from Twitter and elsewhere on the interwebs (h/t ccotenj for originally introducing this concept to our Village). But in the interests of being aware what the Trumpsters are seeing and applauding, I’m including some that are meant to appeal to our modern-day Know Nothings.