Hungarian Emigration—American Immigration
(Magyar kivándorlás—amerikai bevándorlás) in autumn 2011
, Thu 11:00–12:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-AME-221
description & set texts
Course Syllabus Students in this class examine the interactive patterns of outward migration from Hungary as well as American immigration. Attention will be given to the great waves of Hungarian emigration, to major figures and outstanding achievements. Papers will survey the period from the mid-19th century through recent years. Schedule of Classes September Hungarian Travellers in pre-1848 U.S. The Kossuth Emigration 1849-1867 “New” Emigration, 1880-1914 The Social Construction of Hungarian Emigrants October The Literacy Bill and Its Impact on Hungary Emigration and Remigration Joseph Pulitzer World War I and the Coming of the Quota Laws November The Impact of the Quota Laws on Hungary The Role of the Hungarian Numerus Clausus, 1920 Hungarian Scientists in the U.S.: Szilard, Teller, von Neumann, von Kármán, Wigner Hungarian Musicians in the U.S.: Reiner, Szell, Ormandy, Dorati, Solti December The D.P.s of 1945 1956 and After Review Session Assigned Textbooks for this Course John Higham, Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism 1860-1925 (Rutgers University Press, 1988) Dinnerstein, Leonard and David M. Reimers, Ethnic Americans. A History of Immigration (3rd ed. HarperCollins, 1988) Robert A. Divine, American Immigration Policy, 1924-1952 (Yale University Press, 1957) Desi K. Bognar, Hungarians in America. A Biographical Directory of Professionals of Hungarian Origin in the Americas (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.: AFI Publication, 1971) Lee Congdon, Exile and Social Thought. Hungarian Intellectuals in Germany and Austria 1919-1933 (Princeton University Press, 1991) Fejős Zoltán, A chicagói magyarok két nemzedéke 1890-1940 (Budapest: Közép-Európa Intézet, 1993) Tibor Frank, Ethnicity, Propaganda, Myth-Making: Studies on Hungarian Connections to Britain and America 1848-1945 (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1999) Tibor Frank, Double Exile: Migration of Jewish-Hungarian Professionals Through Germany to the United States, 1919–1945 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009) István Hargittai, Martians of Science: Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2006) Puskás Julianna, Kivándorló magyarok az Egyesült Államokban 1880-1940 (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1982) Julianna Puskás, Ties That Bind, Ties That Divide: One Hundred Years of Hungarian Experience in the United States (New York—London: Holmes & Meier, 2000) Albert Tezla, ed., The Hazardous Quest. Hungarian Immigrants in the United States 1895-1920 (Budapest: Corvina, 1993)
requirements & assessment
(1) Participation in class discussions
(2) An oral presentation on one of the selected topics, based on individual research guided by professor.
(3) A paper of cca 12 pages, based on the oral presentation and additional research, to be submitted by December 15, 2011.
Grading: Attendance 10%, oral presentation 40%, final paper 50%