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WR150: Migration Culture

A Mountain of Goodbyes

"My luggage is a small vinyl suitcase that holds one change of clothes. It's a bag for a person who has left home for a couple of days, but I don't know when I'll return to my village. Bigger than my bag is the mountain of goodbyes I'm carrying."

Ramón Pérez. Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant from North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories.

Exhibit Sources: Images

Humans Are More Than Passports 

This March 2016 photo shows a banner at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. From the AP Images database. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Exhibit Sources: Newspapers

Rolling Tide of War Migrants - NY Times


"Rolling Tide of War Migrants: Millions of Americans have trekked from State to State, leaving in their wake vast social and economic problems." New York Times article, May 21, 1944. From New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) database. (Click image for larger view)

Exhibit Sources: Film & Video

NBC News - Syrians in America Screenshot of an October 2016 NBC News report on a Syrian refugee family and their new life in Texas. (from Vanderbilt Television News Archive database)

Exhibit Sources: Oral History, Memoirs, & Letters

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories

Exhibit Sources: Data & Statistics

Roper Refugee Polls, 2016 and 1947

1947 and 2016 polls on refugees from Roper Center Public Opinion Archives database

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