Mike Petrilli’s “Netflix Academy” wraps up by recommending the best streaming videos on immigration in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Petrilli’s Italian ancestors were part of the “huddled masses,” he writes.
My Russian Jewish ancestors came over then too. Grandpa Sol was eight or so when they reached New York City just after the turn of the century. I asked him once about Russia. “It was bad there,” he said. “It’s good here.” That was all I got out of him, but it was enough.
I’m a little shocked at Schoolhouse Rock’s unabashed embrace of assimilation. It dates from 1977, before America was a glorious mosaic/salad.