Becoming American Film Series

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SUNDAYS: FEBRUARY 3, 10, 17 & 24 and MARCH 3 & 10
2:30 PM, FREE EVENT
LOCATION: NEW HANOVER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY,
DOWNTOWN BRANCH (201 CHESTNUT STREET)

Join Cape Fear Museum and local experts for a thought-provoking six week film and discussion series that explores diverse immigrant experiences in American history. Each week participants will watch excerpts from a documentary and examine the ways that immigrants have helped shape American society.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3: NEW YORK & THE JEWISH AMERICANS

“The Century of Immigration: 1820-1924” chronicles the period when 40 million immigrants entered the U.S., making immigration a major and defining aspect of American life. Discussion facilitated by UNCW history professor Dr. Candace Bredbenner.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10: WELCOME TO SHELBYVILLE
“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. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Candace Bredbenner.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17: THE NEW AMERICANS
“Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation” looks at how immigrants react and adjust to living in a new country and culture, and how they bridge the divide between the traditions and values of their native countries. Discussion facilitated by Cape Fear Museum historian Dr. Jan Davidson.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24: DESTINATION AMERICA
“Help Wanted? Immigration and Work” looks at the economic side of immigration, chronicling the essential part immigrant labor has played in building America, as well as the conflicted relationship American workers have had with immigrants. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Candace Bredbenner.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 3: MY AMERICAN GIRLS
“Family and Community” explores how family ties and community institutions have played an essential role in successful migration and adaptation to American life. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Candace Bredbenner.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10: THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
“Immigration and Popular Culture” examines the ways the media and popular culture have historically taught newcomers how to “be American,” and how the rich contributions of different immigrant groups have transformed American culture and art. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Jan Davidson.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH FILM.

Official Sponsor and Funder Credit:
Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience 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.”

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