For History 297, we had to read Mathew F. Jacobson’s More “Trans-” less “National”. In this Essay, Jacobson highlights one of the more glaring problems that is evident in immigration historians. The main issue being that we often forget that everybody came from somewhere, yet we use that argument to glorify the European immigrants more than others. This is the nationalistic focus that had excluded non-European immigrant cultures from being researched. This trend started to die off in later years, but the focus was still not on the “trans” in “transnationalism.” The big difference was that now Immigration studies would also include Latino, African, and Asian immigration.
We also had to read Globalizing Migration Histories? by Bruno Ramirez. In this essay, Ramirez goes through his ideas on the meanings of the words “global” and “globalization.” From this, he looks into the histories of global immigration by Italians as well as the immigration of Canadians throughout North America. He also makes the case that migration, both emigration or immigration, benefits globalization.