American Immigration During Houdini’s Day, 1878-1924

American Immigration During Houdini’s Day, 1878-1924


Aug 19 2018
, 1PM- 2PM

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, Baltimore Immigration Museum

Tickets to this program include Museum Admission – Buy Now

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Welcome to the land of freedom – An ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty: Scene on the steerage deck / from a sketch by a staff artist. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Erich Weiss (who would become the great Harry Houdini) landed in New York with his family in 1878 at the tender age of four, part of a wave of mass immigration that would expand to over 24 million new arrivals to the shores of American by 1914.

The beginning of this wave originated largely from Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Britain, but as industrialization spurred prosperity in western Europe in the 1890s, the bulk of immigrants began arriving from Italy and eastern Europe.

Join us as Dr. Nicholas Fessenden explores the impact this wave of immigration had on the United States and its immigration policies – particularly the birth of a restrictionist movement and Congressional quotas that lasted from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Please note this program takes place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

This program is presented in relation to the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibit, on display June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019.

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