Jan 25

History Hounds with Irene Guenther: Borders and Walls | Jan 25

Irene Guenther

In this class, Dr. Guenther will “sniff out” little-known history subjects and maybe even help us think differently about well-known historical topics.

This class topic: Borders and Walls: Geographic(al), Constructed, and Imagined

We’ll start this class by examining a “wall” at the U.S. southern border, which was put into place in 1916, was fueled by notions derived from the eugenics movement and progressive-era ideas about alien germs, and remained intact for more than 40 years. Other walls and borders that we will discuss include a geographical border representing a gateway to freedom to Europeans fleeing the Nazis, but which seemed to change on an almost daily basis; the Berlin Wall and “the wall in the head” that continued long after the iconographic Cold War wall fell; the imagined border between the South and North during the decades-long Jim Crow era; and the proliferation of red-lined maps that exemplified constructed borders in American cities, as well as an 8-mile wall in one of those cities that was built in response to the Great Migration. Consequences of borders and walls, both real and imagined, have been wide-ranging and long-lasting. I hope you will be willing to share an example of a consequential border or wall as we wrap up the class.

This class will be held onsite at WIH and simulcast via Zoom.

Other lectures in this series with Dr. Irene Guenther:
Feb 22: History Hounds with Irene Guenther: Cold War | Feb 22
Mar 29: History Hounds with Irene Guenther: The Fragility of Democracy | Mar 29
Apr 19: History Hounds with Irene Guenther | Apr 19
May 17: History Hounds with Irene Guenther | May 17



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