The United States' dependence on the labor of immigrants is exactly what confirms their rights. And that's the last thing the Donald Trumps of the world want to confront.
Greg Grandin teaches history at New York University. His newest book, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, will be published in March. He is the author of, among other books, Fordlandia, shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes in American history, Kissinger’s Shadow, and Empire's Workshop.
When it comes to imperialism, Latin America never forgets, and the United States never remembers.
Henry Kissinger dismissed facts and data in favor of grandiose notions of moral power.
Our notions of freedom emerge from and depend on slavery.