Book Review: Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, by Kevin Kenny

Bradley FarlessGraduate Work, History, Reviews0 Comments

Kevin Kenny’s book, Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, is part of a series of short introductions on a wide range of topics published by the Oxford University Press. As a very short introduction with just 109 pages of content, Kenny does his best to avoid becoming bogged down in historical details and instead focuses on elucidating the theoretical framework of … Read More

Reading Response – Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae Ngai

Bradley FarlessGraduate Work, History0 Comments

Ngai’s main argument is that illegal aliens were created through acts of positive law rather than through bad character, conduct, race or culture. In other words, prior to legislation that designated certain individuals as being in the country illegally, the category did not exist. Further, she argues that illegal immigration is a necessary by-product of a restrictive immigration process and … Read More

Reading Response: Becoming Mexican American… by George Sanchez

Bradley FarlessGraduate Work, History0 Comments

Considering the title, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945, one would assume that George Sanchez’s book would be a history about the growth and development of a unique Chicano culture in Los Angeles between 1900 and 1945. However, the scope of the book becomes increasingly far-flung as the narrative progresses, much to the detriment … Read More

“Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bradley FarlessCollege Papers, Day Trips, History, Undergraduate Work0 Comments

Last Saturday, I went over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue to conduct a scavenger hunt for certain types of items in this exhibit and then drafted up an essay response, but I thought it might be useful to people thinking about going to see the exhibit itself, so I’m posting it here as well. The exhibit, … Read More

Bible in Pop Culture Week 4: In El Salvador, “Jacob wrestled the angel / And the angel was overcome”

Bradley FarlessCollege Papers, History, Undergraduate Work0 Comments

    The track “Bullet the Blue Sky” by U2 was released in 1987 on the album “The Joshua Tree.” The lyrics of the song were inspired by a trip that Bono took to Central America in 1985 with Amnesty International. On the trip, he stayed in the mountains in the north of the country with a group of guerilla … Read More