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    Immigrants and Immigration in the Age of Lincoln

    Through the lens of Abraham Lincoln’s rise in politics, this course will follow the growing nativist response to the rise of Catholic immigration in the 1840s, through to Lincoln’s 1863 and 1864 proposals to expand—and even underwrite—immigration to fill the depleted ranks of the Union military as well as American farming and industry. 


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  • New Issue of History Now

    Issue No. 71: “The Jewish Legacy in American History” (Summer 2024)

    Explore the role of Jewish Americans in American culture from the arts, to medicine and science, to business, to sports, to literature and civil rights.

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    Learn about the historical research process in this step-by-step guide. As you progress, you will have opportunities to apply what you are learning.

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