"We the people" - today and tomorrow

The United States of America has long touted itself as a land of immigrants and has grown phenomenally from immigration since its beginning as an ever-expanding global economy. Yet the source and substance of immigration have been topics of continuous debate--indeed, they have generated acrimonious arguments and vastly differing answers.

TJ Davis headshotJoin us Monday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m., to hear Thomas J. Davis, l
ead a discussion on this very timely topic. Dr. Davis will discuss the basic questions of what it means to be an American and how immigrants fit into the American Dream.

Thomas J. Davis is an historian, lawyer, and professor emeritus at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he taught U.S. constitutional and legal history. He was also a visiting professor of law at the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from Columbia University in New York City and his J.D. cum laude from the University at Buffalo School of Law in New York. Among his more than 50 scholarly articles and books is his Plessy v. Ferguson (2012), a volume in ABC-CLIO's Landmarks of the American Mosaic series. His A Rumor of Revolt: The "Great Negro Plot in Colonial New York was selected by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights as one of the best books of 1985.


Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.

Additional information:

Bodnar, John. 1995. “Remembering the Immigrant Experience in American Culture.” Journal of American Ethnic History, 15, no. 1 (Fall): 3-27. 

Danelo, David J. 2008. The Border: Exploring the U.S.-Mexican Divide. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole.

Daniels, Roger. 2002. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. 2nd ed. New York: Harper Collins.

Harzig, Christiane, Dirk Hoerder, and Donna Gabaccia. 2009. “Migration in Human History—the Long View.” in What is Migration History? (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2009), 8-52. 

Hunter, Gordon. 2015. Immigrant Voices. 2 vols. New York: New American Library/Penguin Group.