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The Immigration Debate

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Immigration Debate Seminar at Canton Library Focuses on Recurrence, Meaning of 100 Year-Old Issues

What can the debate of a century ago teach us about today’s intense disagreements on immigration? A surprising amount, actually, as Canton Public Library offers a talk and discussion with historian Bill Sullivan on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. called “The Immigration Debate: The Past as Precursor to the Present.”

Join us as we examine how the contentious national debate concerning immigration today bears striking similarities to the discussion on this topic that took place from the 1880’s through the 1920’s. Come ready to become an historian. You will be challenged to examine documents and images from the past and make your own connections to the present. Armed with historical knowledge, you will be better equipped to understand and evaluate this pressing national issue.

Bill Sullivan is a Social Studies teacher with a Master’s in History from Trinity College. He teaches at Northwestern Regional High School and also as an adjunct History professor at Tunxis Community College. Along with publishing several articles on Connecticut labor history, he has authored a chapter in the edited volume, Key to the Northern Country: The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution.”

The program is free; although registration is requested for seating set up. Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton. To register, please call 860-693-5800, email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit the library.