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Arabs in California
The Arbeely family, pictured here in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1881, were the first Syrian family to immigrate to the United States, having arrived three years prior. By 1890, most had moved to Los Angeles. (Photo/Courtesy of Habeeb and Dania Arbeely)

How Arab Americans found identity and belonging in California

A new book from USC Dornsife’s Sarah Gualtieri counters a long-held stereotype of Arab Americans as outsiders, exploring how they were integrated into Southern California.

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Native Americans occupy Alcatraz
Native Americans play basketball during their occupation of Alcatraz Island on Nov. 26, 1969. Their 19-month occupation of the island would set the basis for decades of Native American land rights activism. (Photo/Associated Press)

50 years ago, Native Americans raised awareness by reclaiming Alcatraz

USC Dornsife historians examine the Nov. 20 occupation of Alcatraz Island, which kicked off nearly two years of protest that would shape Native American land rights activism.