REBLOG (3.30.12) Before there was ICE or the INS, there was this landowner, his dogs and his double barrel shotgun. We’re still collecting your immigration stories. Don’t be a stranger!
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Notice to trespassers between the Mexican border and San Diego, 1895-1905

REBLOG (3.30.12) Before there was ICE or the INS, there was this landowner, his dogs and his double barrel shotgun. We’re still collecting your immigration stories. Don’t be a stranger!

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Notice to trespassers between the Mexican border and San Diego, 1895-1905

QUESTION: WHAT’S YOUR IMMIGRATION STORY?

We’re looking for recent immigration stories. If you or your parents are immigrants to the United States, your story could help inform our reporting.

What are the basic facts of your immigration story? When you read about the immigrant experience and immigrant issues in the media, what about your story is missing? Many families have objects (pictures, artifacts) that they bring with them from the places they came from. Do you have such an object? What can you tell us about it?

Tell us here: What’s your immigration story?

QUESTION: WHAT WAR EXPERIENCES CAN’T BE CAPTURED IN A PHOTOGRAPH?

Newsweek has published previously unseen photos taken in 1965 from the Vietnam War. If you are a veteran or have seen war up close, I’d like to ask you a few questions. When you look through photo galleries like this one, what about your experience is not captured – or can’t be captured? Do you have any photographs of your own that you’d like to share?

Tell us your story or share your photograph here: Your wartime photos and experiences that cannot be photographed

Is this song about you?

Wrecking Ball album cover

Bruce Springsteen releases his new album today.

Many of the songs on "Wrecking Ball" channel a working-class anger about hard times in America. In the song “Jack of All Trades,” for example, he rages against big banks and repeats a theme of resigned self-reliance with the refrain “I’m a jack of all trades, we’ll be alright.”

Here’s our question: Is The Boss giving voice to your life?

Click here to watch the video of “Jack of All Trades” and then tell us if and where your life matches up with the lyrics. We’ll post some of the most interesting responses in the next few days. (Posted by Jeff Jones 3.6.2012)

Question: Did you make the right choices about your education?

We live in an age where we can run up debt — or spend a small personal fortune — earning a bachelor’s degree, only to wind up chasing some vague notion of “good job” while settling for work that leaves us underwhelmed and underpaid. And that’s if there is work to be had at all.

According to a recent Harvard study, more than a quarter of American workers with post-secondary licenses or certificates bring home better money than the average worker who completed four years of college.

In his bestselling book, Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford writes:

There is a pervasive anxiety among parents that there is only one track to success for their children. It runs through a series of gates controlled by prestigious institutions … If the goal is to earn a living, maybe it isn’t really true that 18-year-olds need to be imparted with a sense of panic about getting into college (though they certainly need to learn) … Some people are hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, when they would rather be learning to build things or fix things.

As economist Alan Blinder puts it, “You can’t hammer a nail over the Internet.”

What experiences from your life does all of this bring to mind? If you have kids, how does any of this factor in to your imaginings or discussions about their future?

Tell us your story.

QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU FEAR?

Fear. We all experience it. Sometimes we are mocked for it. Politicians, the media and advertisers (not to mention spammers) prey on it. In these uncertain political and economic times, what are you most afraid of? What is behind that fear?

Tell us your story…

Question: Has the American dream let you down?

What were your expectations for life in America? Where, in your experience, has the nation or its institutions failed to live up to its promise and potential?

People tell us, over and over again, “I’ve worked hard. I’ve done everything I was supposed to do. But…”

Americans feel let down — be it by their government, their schools, their banks or some other institution that used to be central to our shared identity.

Tell us your story here…

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