From its start as a series of colonies, the United States has seen multitudes of people migrate to its shores. Accordingly, Americans came to identify in part as a nation of immigrants. This course will overview the history of U. S. immigration from the 18th century to the present, outlining the peak periods and how they’ve changed over time, as well as periods of exclusion. The course will show how diverse groups of immigrants have changed American culture and society and illustrate how present-day debates over immigration have longstanding roots.