Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border

Event time: 
Monday, April 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Rosenkranz Hall (RKZ ), 241 See map
115 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

In contemporary discourse, much of the discussion of U.S. border politics focuses on the Southwest. In Bootlegged Aliens, however, Ashley Johnson Bavery considers the North as a borderlands region, demonstrating how this often-overlooked border influenced government policies toward illegal immigration, business and labor union practices around migrant labor, and the experience of being an illegal immigrant in early twentieth-century industrial America. Bavery examines how immigrants, politicians, and employers helped shape national policies toward noncitizen laborers. In the process, she uncovers the northern industrial origins of an exploitative system that emerged on America’s border with Canada, whose legacy remains central to debates about America’s borders today.
Winner of the First Book Award, granted by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.
Ashley Johnson Bavery is Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University.
Due to campus COVID-19 restrictions only Yale ID holders will be permitted to attend in person. For those unable to join in person, the event will also be broadcast live online. Please register using the link below.