Refuge or Refusal: Turning Points in U.S. Immigration History

Refuge or Refusal

Five key moments emerge as turning points in U.S. immigration policy: 1790, 1882, 1924, 1948, and 1965. This exhibit explores the impact of these turning points and the factors that influenced them, from global conflicts and economic conditions to cultural trends and social aspirations.

Created alongside the exhibition, the Immigrant Stories oral history project draws on testimony gathered through the Legacy Series as well as ongoing interviews with people who have first or second-hand experiences of immigration. For more information on how you can contribute to Immigrant Stories, please contact Education Manager James Newberry by email or phone at 470-578-2085.

For more information about this exhibition, please call the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at 470-578-2083 or email us at