Hostility Towards Mediterraneans, Past and Present

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-11-26/brief-history-america-s-hostility-previous-generation-mediterranean-migrants

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The current debate over whether to accept Syrian refugees has echoes of a different time when another wave of people were leaving a Mediterranean country. They were seen by some Americans as being so alien in religion, culture, education, politics and law, that they could never be assimilated. They were even suspected of ties to terrorism. These were the Italians.

One thought on “Hostility Towards Mediterraneans, Past and Present

  1. It makes you think about how stereotypes replicate and also how they change over time (compare depictions of Italians in the US in the 30s with the Hannah’s adds today)

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