How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

The Tenement Museum

How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

These American stories are not in your standard history book. History tends to be reduced to key moments and celebrated names, and what’s often overlooked are the stories of the ordinary people, both past and present, who have lived through journeys of immigration and migration...the people who have shaped what it means to be and to become American. How To Be American is a podcast by the Tenement Museum where from New York’s Lower East Side, we explore the history of immigration and migration in America. We share the stories of migrants and refugees, and everyone in-between. And we examine why so many important events in our history have unfolded around issues of immigration and national identity. This is the past, present, and future of becoming American.

  • Burial Grounds

    March 12, 2020

    Burial Grounds

  • Relics Left Behind

    February 27, 2020

    Relics Left Behind

  • Our Game

    February 13, 2020

    Our Game

  • Introducing How To Be American Season 2

    January 30, 2020

    Introducing How To Be American Season 2

  • BONUS: A New Voice

    November 20, 2019

    BONUS: A New Voice

  • The Avatar for America

    May 29, 2019

    The Avatar for America

  • BONUS: A truly American art form

    May 22, 2019

    BONUS: A truly American art form

  • Why Can't I Be Both?

    May 15, 2019

    Why Can't I Be Both?

  • BONUS: A walking tour of Flatbush

    May 8, 2019

    BONUS: A walking tour of Flatbush

  • 'Sing Like An American'

    April 17, 2019

    'Sing Like An American'

  • BONUS: How music shaped the American identity

    April 10, 2019

    BONUS: How music shaped the American identity

  • She Galvanized a Movement

    April 3, 2019

    She Galvanized a Movement

  • BONUS: Get out the vote!

    March 27, 2019

    BONUS: Get out the vote!

  • Flat Dough With Stuff On Top

    March 20, 2019

    Flat Dough With Stuff On Top

  • BONUS: What makes a real pizza?

    March 18, 2019

    BONUS: What makes a real pizza?

  • I Would Cross a Million Borders

    March 5, 2019

    I Would Cross a Million Borders

  • Trailer: The Reason Behind the Name

    January 17, 2019

    Trailer: The Reason Behind the Name

  • Introducing How To Be American

    January 2, 2019

    Introducing How To Be American

  • ✋ Yay! You have heard it all

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