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debates, concerns, and history associated with immigration and ethnicity

(I will attach below all the readings- you do not need to read, just pick one 🙂
Objectives
Reflect on debates, concerns, and history associated with immigration and ethnicity
Critically engage with texts at the intersection of immigration, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.
Consider frameworks that shape the formation and conflicts associated with course themes
Description
The reflection will be broken up into three paragraphs. Use Quotes in all responses!
Paragraph One: On Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race
In this first section, we explored the tensions between immigration and ethnicity in the United States through some key literary texts. This allowed us to critically examine whether it is accurate to call the United States a “nation of immigrants” in light of Indigenous, Black, and Mexican communities whose relationship to the US does not easily fit the status of “immigrant.” Why do you think US officials, such as Kennedy (and later Obama), continue to refer to the US as a “nation of immigrants” despite US history and its relationship to ethnic diversity? What most stood out to you about immigration, ethnicity, race, and the US as nation in this first section? Choose one literary text (Apess, Jefferson, Equiano, Philips, Anzaldua, Ruiz de Burton, or Wheatley) that you think sheds light on these questions. How does the text deepen our understanding of settler colonialism, slavery, and/or imperialism?
Paragraph Two: On Literature and History
During this section of the course we examined textual production – such as literary genres, forms, and themes – as it reflects, challenges, and contextualizes history. Identify two literary texts (see list above in question one) that you argue push readers to critically examine the history of the formation of US and/or Americas? In what ways do these texts specifically challenge readers through their rhetoric, form, or symbolism. What specific positions and/or perspectives were most interesting to you? How do the dynamics and discussions of these texts play out today in national, political, and other social debates? What historical issues did these authors not discuss that you think should have been addressed or would help us better understand current concerns about immigration and ethnicity?
Paragraph Three: On Writing, Thinking, and Perspectives
Today, the role of writing continues to play a significant role in how we study subjects, build knowledge, and persuade others toward our “point-of-view.” Writing and thinking, then, are entangled with one another so that what you read (or more so today what you watch) not only reflects your perspective but shapes what you perceive. How has reading and thinking through the texts of this first section sharpened, challenged, or reinforced your perspective on immigration and ethnicity within the US? In what ways have the perspectives offered in these readings expanded how you understand your own position based on personal, cultural, and/or national identity? What tensions or conflicts do you feel we should follow-up on as we move into the next section?