18 episodes

These American stories are not in your standard history book.

History tends to be reduced to key moments and celebrated names, and what’s often overlooked are the stories of the ordinary people, both past and present, who have lived through journeys of immigration and migration...the people who have shaped what it means to be and to become American.

How To Be American is a podcast by the Tenement Museum where from New York’s Lower East Side, we explore the history of immigration and migration in America. We share the stories of migrants and refugees, and everyone in-between. And we examine why so many important events in our history have unfolded around issues of immigration and national identity.

This is the past, present, and future of becoming American.

How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration The Tenement Museum

    • History
    • 3.8, 314 Ratings

These American stories are not in your standard history book.

History tends to be reduced to key moments and celebrated names, and what’s often overlooked are the stories of the ordinary people, both past and present, who have lived through journeys of immigration and migration...the people who have shaped what it means to be and to become American.

How To Be American is a podcast by the Tenement Museum where from New York’s Lower East Side, we explore the history of immigration and migration in America. We share the stories of migrants and refugees, and everyone in-between. And we examine why so many important events in our history have unfolded around issues of immigration and national identity.

This is the past, present, and future of becoming American.

    Burial Grounds

    Burial Grounds

    We'll uncover a Pre-Harlem World that’s been buried for more than 156 years and reconstruct the forgotten histories of Black migrants in Lower Manhattan in episode 3 of How To Be American.

    • 59 min
    Relics Left Behind

    Relics Left Behind

    Imagine that someone came to your house 150 years later: what would they find, what would those found objects say about you; about your way of life? Sometimes it’s the every-day things you leave behind that tell stories about your past.

    • 39 min
    Our Game

    Our Game

    Baseball has always had a special place in our nation’s history.
    But beyond the ballpark there is a grittier version of the game, played in immigrant neighborhoods, in cities big and small. This is the story of Stickball's legacy and the impact of children's street games.

    • 38 min
    Introducing How To Be American Season 2

    Introducing How To Be American Season 2

    How To Be American is the Tenement Museum’s podcast series. In its second season, eight new episodes will tell eight new stories that dig deeper into the tapestry of American immigration, stories of people who shaped American identity by doing everything from creating street games to traveling to outer space. Listen to the season 2 trailer now.

    • 4 min
    A New Voice

    A New Voice

    How To Be American has some exciting news! Host Brendan strolls down memory lane, looking back at season 1 and introduces who will continue our journey moving forward...

    • 10 min
    The Avatar of America

    The Avatar of America

    There’s nothing more American than Coca-Cola, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and comic books. In the final episode of season 1 of How To Be American, we’ll uncover the history of diversity and representation in the panels, and discuss what comics tell us about our shared American identity since the dawn of Marvel, DC, and other comic book creators. 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
314 Ratings

314 Ratings

Bataan Marcher ,

How to be American

The struggle of the immigrant to be American is enlightening. But the struggle to be American should be hard for everyone, native born included. Everyone should find a way to serve this country
Service before Self.

Carisella's angel ,

Great educational listen!

I just finished the first episode and I am excited to listen to the rest. Thank you for preserving our history.

kitchentable ,

The BEST

God Bless the Tenement Museum and its podcast. What a beautiful, smart, engaging way to help us remember our past to help move us to both preserve history and push forward. Both the museum and its podcast are national treasures.

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