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Becoming American: Promise and Prejudice

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Date: January 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Promise and Prejudice” explores the tension – historic and current – between Americans’ acceptance of immigrants, including the celebration of their own immigrant heritage, versus the periodic backlash prompted by concern about the economic and cultural effects of newcomers.

The selected film for January 16 is Welcome to Shelbyville. You can download the program two handout here: Promise and Prejudice (PDF)

This program is free and open to the public. To register, click here, email or call 978-306-7001.


Click here for the complete film series schedule.

About this program:  The House of the Seven Gables has been selected as one of 32 sites around the country for this unique series. Each event will consist of a documentary film screening and scholar-led discussion with Professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello from  Salem State University’s American Studies Department. 

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and moderated discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.

Becoming American is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience.  The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Community partners include Salem State University and the North Shore CDC.