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Lynching Italians to Make America Great Again

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

In the hysteria following the murder of a New Orleans police chief, 11 Italian-Americans were lynched by a vigilante mob angry about the city’s influx of immigrants. Here’s how the past and future of American nativism may not be that different.

160 years of US immigration trends, mapped

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

US immigration trends shifted dramatically between 1850 and 2013 —including changes in the dominant countries of origin for each state and decade, and the total size of foreign-born population — according to a new series of historical maps from the Pew Research Center.

LAZAR LECTURE: Immigration, Urbanization, Social Reform, and Political Machines In the Gilded Age

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Lecture Outline:


  • Push and Pull Factors
  • Responses to Immigration
  • Nativism & APA
  • Organized Labor
  • Anti-Immigrant Legislation

II.The Reformist Reaction

  • Americanization
  • Social Gospel Movement
  • Settlement House Movement
  • Socialism?

III.Urbanization & The Shame of Cities

IV.Political Machines

My lecture on urbanization and politcal machines in Gilded Age America

The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Historian Terry Golway has written a colorful history of Tammany Hall, which takes a more sympathetic view of the organization than many historians. He says the Tammany machine, while often corrupt, gave impoverished immigrants critically needed social services and a road to assimilation. According to Golway, Tammany was responsible for progressive state legislation that foreshadowed the New Deal. He writes that some of Tammany’s harshest critics, including cartoonist Thomas Nast, openly exhibited a raw anti-Irish and anti-Catholic prejudice.

Machine Made

In this interview, Golway tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies, “What I’m trying to do in this book is present this other side of Tammany Hall. … Every history of Tammany Hall is told as a true-crime novel, and what I’m trying to suggest is that there’s this other side. I’m arguing, yes, the benefits that Tammany Hall brought to New York and to the United States [do] outweigh the corruption with which it is associated. I’m simply trying to complicate that story… Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York.”

Golway is the director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy. His book is called Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics.

Old Mexico lives on

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders.

Gompers and Carnegie

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

The Reading: Gompers’ Letter on Labor in Industrial Society & Carnegie on the Gospel of Wealth

Reading Responses – Carnegie and Gompers

Data: Industrialization / Post-Industrial World

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

annual hours


"The Improving State of the World" (c) Cato Institute 2007.


Hilton fortune to go to charity

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Hotel magnate Barron Hilton, 80, will donate 97% of his $2.3bn fortune to the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, set up by his father.

Reports have said that Mr Hilton is embarrassed by the behavior of his granddaughter.

Andrew Carnegie’s writings in “Wealth” come to mind.

Well Mr Hilton, we are embarrassed as Americans…as a species really.

Carnegie’s Wealth applied to Paris Hilton

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Remember I referenced Carnegie’s book Wealth in which he makes an argument for a high inheritance tax as a means to minimize the decadence and idiocy of trust fund kids? I said he loathed the Paris Hiltons of the world and feared a world run by them.

Oh, and I did the math. Its 69 million to go. Hardly a bad inheritance.

Mrs. Ambrosi’s Lecture on Inductrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Here it is

Enjoy kids.