Episode 163: A + B = C, bitch! | Snow Riot and Operation Wetback


February 22nd, 2023

1 hr 3 mins 57 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode

Hillary and Tina cover the Snow Riot of 1835 and Operation Wetback

Hillary’s Story
In 1835, white workers faced poor wages and long hours. BUT instead of fighting for labor laws, they took their anger out on black run businesses in Washington, D.C. known as the Snow Riot.

Tina’s Story
Throughout the mid20th century, the US faced an immigration problem not unlike today. BUT the solution resulted in one of the largest mass deportation in American history.

Hillary's Story
Cultural Tourism DC
Epicurean Eating House/Snow Riot Site, African American Heritage Trail

Emancipation DC
The Snow Riot

Histories of the National Mall
Snow Riot

History News Network
Francis Scott Key's Shameful Role in the "Snow Riot"--Washington DC's First Race Riot

NPR (Books)
August 'Snow-Storm' Brought Devastation To D.C.

Washington Post
The 'Snow Riot'--by Jefferson Morley

Snow Riot

Anna Maria Thornton--screenshot of painting by Gilbert Stewart via NPR Books WLRN
Beverly Snow's Restaurant--unknown artist via Wikipedia (public domain)

Tina's Story
Operation Wetback--by Brent Funderburk

CATO Institute
Enforcement Didn’t End Unlawful Immigration in 1950s, More Visas Did--by Alex Nowrasteh

The Largest Mass Deportation in American History

Imagine Mexico
Operation Wetback: Most Massive Deportation of Undocumented Mexicans in USA History

Immigration History
Operation Wetback

It Came Up In The Debate: Here Are 3 Things To Know About 'Operation Wetback'--by Eyder Peralta

Philadelphia Tribune
“Operation Wetback”: America's Worst Mass Deportation--by Michael Coard

What the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look Like--by Louis Hyman and Natasha Iskander

Southern Poverty Law Center (Facebook page)
Operation Wetback

“Operation Wetback” uprooted a million lives and tore families apart. Sound familiar?--by Laura Smith

Operation Wetback, the 1950s immigration policy Donald Trump loves, explained--by Dara Lind

Operation Wetback

Mexican immigrants held by Border Patrol during Operation Wetback--from US Border Patrol Museum (public domain) via Wikipedia
Dwight D. Eisenhower--from White House Presidential Library (public domain) via Wikipedia
Lieutenant General Joseph M. Swing--from Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (public domain) via Wikipedia

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