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Member Saturday: Immigration, Violence, and the Search for Justice

October 15, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Immigration, Violence, and the Search for Justice

Members only. Registration required.

In 1844, Philadelphians witnessed violent uprisings throughout their city. Spurred by recent waves of Irish Catholic immigration, Protestant nativists turned to mob violence to defend what they believed was the moral and cultural identity of their city. The gruesome aftermath left numerous dead, buildings burned, and a city looking for answers. These uprisings would fundamentally alter how justice is administered in Philadelphia and, in part, contribute to the development of our modern police force.

Join George Mason University professor Dr. Zachary Schrag for an insightful conversation about this oft forgotten and bloody piece of Philadelphia’s immigrant story, its surprising intersections with Eastern State, and how the sentiments and actions expressed by the rioters of 1844 resonate in the context of our modern political climate.

This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. 

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