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Norwegian emigrants en route to America on board the "SS Hero."
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Norwegian emigrants en route to America on board the "SS Hero." (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

What makes a "good immigrant?" That's the question that Americans have debated throughout the country's history.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson takes a look back with Ed Ayers (@edward_l_ayers) and Nathan Connolly (@ndbconnolly), co-hosts of the podcast BackStory, which is produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

This segment aired on January 19, 2018.

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