NYPL Presents: Able to Be American

April 19, 2024, 2:00 pm (free tickets required)
New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Room 216 (Lenox & Astor Room)

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In 1891, the United States Congress made it possible for the government to classify newly arrived immigrants as “desirable” or “undesirable.” Among the determining factors were disability as well as a lack of economic security that increased the likelihood of depending on government resources. American Jewish community leaders led multifaceted efforts against this. Using the library’s collections, Hannah Zaves-Greene explores what motivated them and how they challenged the law and its administration.

The NEH Long-Term Fellowships at The New York Public Library have been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.