What: GCC’s History Club Presents: Orleans County Historian, Matthew Ballard “Fear of the Unknown”
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. (rescheduled from 12/6/17)
Where: Genesee Community College Batavia Campus – Room T102, Conable Technology Building
Who: This event is free and open to the public.
Background: As part of the Historical Horizons series, the History Club at Genesee Community College invites the public to the Batavia Campus on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. to hear Orleans County Historian Matthew R. Ballard, MLS present “Fear of the Unknown: Creating the Illegal Immigrant in 19th Century America”.
Immigration to the United States is a relative topic in current events; however, the establishment of the “illegal immigrant” only dates back to the turn of the 20th century. In the earliest years of immigration, Europeans were accepted without restriction, but an influx of new immigrants during the latter half of the 19th century raised concerns about political impacts on American society. Uncertainty and unfounded fears created excessive restrictions focused on limiting access to specific ethnic/ racial groups, religious groups, the disabled, the infirmed and those likely to become a “public charge”.
For further information visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com, or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A photograph of Matthew R. Ballard is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/MatthewBallard.jpg