Immigrants arrive in the U.S. today at thousands of entry points, by plane, boat, car, and foot. But for decades at the turn of the 20th century, the harbor at Ellis Island was the main gateway to America. The recently erected Statue of Liberty welcomed these huddled masses, and the hive of activity that was New York City buzzed just beyond. In the Great Hall, as immigrants awaited processing with their life’s belongings in their hands, anxious and excited voices in Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Slovak, German, Yiddish, French, Greek, Swedish, …
Two sleepers in the pine cabin, both us,
horizon in the window like a spirit level,
Ferris Island with its single lamp, August,
annoying whoosh of the gold flies, suddenly imperceptible,
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It used to be that Christopher Columbus was the major iconic representative of the Italian-American community in popular culture, but he has since given way to the likes of Tony …
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Jeff Selingo is vice president and editorial director of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Before moderating a panel on universities and cities, he sat down in the green room to …
The Book Himmler Couldn’t Put Down
Christopher B. Krebs on Tacitus's Germania
In “Squaring Off,” Zócalo invites authors into the public square to answer five questions about the essence of their books. For this round, we interview Harvard classics professor Christopher B. …