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Great article. Food for thought in our current political climate. Thank you so much.

Thanks so much for the kind words. History never ceases to inform the future.

 

Alex, I know this won't fit your politically correct narrative, but "Alien" is a legal term for non-citizen. It has nothing to do with dehumanizing anyone. It's the same for Swedish non-citizens as it is for Mexican non-citizens.

Thank you for your thoughts, Dina. What was perhaps most surprising about this instance was that "alien" was being applied not only to non-citizens but also to citizens from other US states. These "Okies" and Texans were not "aliens" by any definition but were treated as though they were, effectively stripping them of their American citizenship. Hopefully this clarifies the article.

"Alien" as defined by the online Oxford English Dictionary, definition # 2. Of a foreign nature or character; strange, unfamiliar, different. Also: hostile, repugnant. The term has been weaponized by the current U.S. administration to define those non-citizens as hostile and repugnant.. Let's see, then, all white, Europeans, who came to this country, from 1607 onward, would be "illegal aliens" too the native population?

Very interesting. I did not know that part of Colorado history. Thanks so much for this article.

Thank you so much. We appreciate you taking the time to check out our stories as we stumble into the lesser known corners of our history.

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