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Immigration to the U.S.

This is a guide for sources available for historians at Boston College targeted for professionals.

Film on Immigration to the United States

This is a filmography to films--documentaries and feature films--to do with immigration to the United States. Find documentary titles in the first list (on the left on a computer screen) and feature films (on the right). Note that films with links means BC has streaming access. Films without a title-link means we would have to search for access. 

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This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Migration from Africa before 1807 (Middle Passage)

    Migration from across Africa to North America before 1807 was usually forced migration part of the Triangle Trade. 1807 saw the publication of United States Pub.L. 9-11 ("Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves") - although it is important to remember that it did not fully stop the Transatlantic Slave Trade for some time. 

    Migration from Africa after 1807

    Migration from Asia before 1924

    In 1924, the U.S. federal government published The Immigration Act of 1924 (The Johnson-Reed Act, Pub.L. 68-139). Before that act, migration from across Asia to the United States was severely curtailed by law like the discriminatory Chinese Exclusion Act (Approved in 1882).

    Migration from Asia after 1924

    European Migration

    Latin American Migration

    MENA Migration


    Process and Law

    Feature Films for Pre-1924 Migration

    Feature Films for Post-1924 Migration