Tom Gjelten presents A Nation of Nations

Tom GjeltenTuesday, December 1, 2015

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A

PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

In his recently published book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, Tom Gjelten, veteran journalist, author and NPR correspondent examines the impact and importance of the 1965 Immigration Act and explains how it has changed the nature of America’s national identity.

The Act abolished the national-origins quotas of the previous four decades that favored immigrants from Europe while discriminating against all others. Prior to 1965, three out of four immigrants came from Europe; fifty years later, nine out of ten immigrants originate from Latin America, Asia, Africa and India.

Gjelten will revisit the motto of E pluribus unum (out many, one) and whether the 1965 immigration law has America finally living up to that claim. He will also describe five immigrant families in the Washington, D.C. area, and how they have fared since becoming citizens. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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