Edward T. O’Donnell To Speak About New York Immigration

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NEW YORK, NY, April 6, 2011. On Wednesday, April 20th, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the New York Public Library will present historian and author Edward T. O’Donnell, Ph.D. in a lecture at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY.  An expert on New York City history, Dr. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.  His books include Visions of America: A History of the United States, Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum, and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History

In this engaging multimedia presentation, Dr. O’Donnell will explore how and why so many millions have come to the U.S. and what challenges this tradition has posed to national identity, tolerance, and democracy.  He will examine the major immigrant groups -- Irish, German, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese -- who arrived in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the vibrant ethnic enclaves they established, the struggles they endured to earn a living, and the contributions they made to New York, the nation’s ultimate multicultural city. This talk addresses many aspects of the immigrant experience, including tenement life, labor and the labor movement, and nativism.
 
The program begins at 5:30 pm in the NYPL’s South Court Auditorium.  Reservations are not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  For additional information, contact Lauren Maehrlein, Director of Education, at 212-755-8532, ext. 211, or education@nygbs.org.
 
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Cathy Michelsen
212-755-8532, ext. 208; cmichelsen@nygbs.org
                                                                       
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