A Trip on the Historical Highway

This summer, KHC features daily posts about the speakers and topics in the Humanities catalog. Today’s featured presentation is “Where Immigration Hits the Historical Highway” by Antonio Delgado.

Mexican immigrants work on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in Pauline, Kansas, 1913. Image from kansasmemory.org, Kansas Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply.

Mexican immigrants work on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in Pauline, Kansas, 1913. Image from kansasmemory.org, Kansas Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply.

Immigration is a dynamic experience that impacts the individual, family, community, and country. With a focus on Mexican immigration to the United States, Antonio Delgado’s Speakers Bureau presentation looks at the experiences of 19th- and 20th-century immigrants and their personal and familial stories. How do communities react to the sometimes clash of cultures, and must it always result in anti-immigrant sentiments? What have been the trends in U.S. immigration policy and law enforcement over the years? This presentation, available in both English and Spanish, explores these topics and more.

“The Mexican population in the U.S. is very diverse; some arrived in Kansas over 100 years ago to work in the railroads, some are decorated World War II veterans, and others are recently arrived undocumented laborers,” said Delgado. “Learning the history of your neighbors makes sense and leads to healthier relations.”

Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado is a historian and expert on U.S. immigration policy. He has taught classes on immigration, Latin American studies, and urban policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago and served in the Chicago mayor’s office on community planning issues.

You can bring Antonio Delgado’s “Immigration Hits the Historical Highway” or one of the other presentations in the Humanities catalog to your community for FREE with a Resource Center Support Grant. It’s quick and easy! Visit the Speakers Bureau page to get started or contact Leslie Von Holten, director of programs, at leslie(at)kansashumanities.org for more information.