The Galveston Movement: Coming to America Through Galveston Island
Thu, September 10, 2009 • 4:30 PM • The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Symposium on The Galveston Movement: A Centennial Retrospective on a Forgotten Chapter of American Jewish Immigration History
From Benjamin Franklin’s tirades against German immigrants in the mid-18th century, to the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 19th, our nation has demonstrated a consistent history of tension over whom we collectively regard as “real Americans” and whom we will allow into this country.
At the dawn of the 20th century, Eastern European Jews were the target of the latest xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiment, as reflected in increased detentions and deportations at our nation’s immigrant gateways.
This symposium brings together scholars, fiction writers, public health experts, filmmakers and family storytellers to explore the dramatic tales of thousands of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe who managed to enter this country not through the “golden door” of Ellis Island, but through the southern gateway of Galveston, Texas between 1907 and 1914.
The symposium will take place at the Bullock Museum,September 10th - 11th, 2009
Participation fee: $25, For registration please call the Bullock Museum: 1-512-936-4649
Registration for the symposium is now open and space is limited.