The Immigrant Published: January 30, 2012

The ImmigrantDirected and cowritten by groundbreaking film artist Charles Chaplin, The Immigrant depicts obstacles and triumphs associated with the immigrant experience.

Hamburg-Amerika Line Published: December 21, 2011

Hamburg-Amerika LineFrom 1881 until 1914, the Hamburg-Amerika Line was the largest shipping line in existence.

Haitian boat people Published: December 21, 2011

Haitian boat peopleDefining the Haitian boat people as economic rather than political refugees allowed the United States to refuse asylum to thousands of Haitians and raised serious questions about human rights standards and treatment of refugees in the United States.

Credit-ticket system Published: September 27, 2011

During the mid- to late nineteenth century, the fares Chinese immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean to the United States paid ranged from fifteen to forty-five dollars—amounts that few Chinese workers could afford.

CLOTILDE slave ship Published: September 26, 2011

The case of the Clotilde marks the end of successful slave trading by American vessels and is notable both for the evasion of U.S. Navy patrols attempting to interdict such voyages and the eventual failure of the federal government to successfully prosecute those responsible.

Canals Published: September 2, 2011

Canals are artificial waterways constructed across land; navigational canals link bodies of water, whereas water-conveyance canals—such as irrigation canals—move water from place to place.