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A Nation of Immigrants

3 Credits
Explore the multi-ethnic heritage of the United States, providing valuable insights through the experiences of earlier generations who came to this land as 'new' American and the reactions they generated from those already here. The trials and triumphs of those coming to America is often a story of painful discrimination and injustice and yet probably no nation in human history has given more opportunity to strangers. Covering a variety of multi-cultural issues and perspectives, this course will help explain the how and why of America's rise to greatness as 'a nation of immigrants.'

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.