Cooking (and Contemplating) New England

Boston Refried Beans

August 16, 2016

Tags: Immigrants, Nativism, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Foods, Boston Baked Beans, Boston Brown Bread, Catharine Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Josepha Hale, Lydia Maria Child

Vetting Immigrants Once Upon a Time

The New Nativism--An Old Story
It has become almost a cliche to say that the present period of American history, beginning around 1975, is similar in many important ways to the period beginning roughly a hundred years earlier. We are living now, it appears, in a second Gilded Age, with pronounced inequalities of wealth and income and with transformative changes in our technology, economy, and the demographic profile of our society.

The last of the trends on this list—the arrival of lots of new people—has received much attention in the past few years from political commentators and is in the headlines almost every day in the coverage of the current presidential campaign, because of the xenophobia that constitutes the primary plank in the platform of the Republican candidate. (more…)