Lecture: Early Greek Immigrants to America: Photograph Presentation

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 11, 1999 - 13:15

"Early Greek Immigrants to America: Photograph Presentation" The first wave of Greek immigrants to the United States in the years before World War One were, in a sense, a silent generation. With little education, little time or inclination to write diaries and memoirs after exhausting labor in mines and factories and on railroad gangs, their story was told, if at all, in the statistics kept by government agencies and the reports of social reformers. In this talk Zeese Papanikolas presented slides of Greek immigrant laborers to demonstrate how a careful reading of these photographs can begin to restore the missing voices of this generation of Greek immigrants. Zeese Papanikolas is a professor in the Liberal Arts Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. His research focuses on the American West, labor and immigration. He is the author of Buried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre, the biography of a Greek-American organizer for the United Mine Workers killed in the violent Colorado coal strike of 1913-14. His most recent book, Trickster in the Land of Dreams, is a study of myths of utopia and technology in the American West.