William Wei was the Colorado State Historian for the 2019–2020 term. A frequent contributor to History Colorado’s publications, he was the lead advisor on the History Colorado Center exhibit Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects. The book he authored for that exhibit, Becoming Colorado: The Centennial State in 100 Objects, is due out from History Colorado and the University Press of Colorado in 2021.
Since the day record numbers of Americans elected Joe Biden as their president, historians have been writing the record of the Trump Era and the fractures his presidency exposed—and how Americans charted a path forward.
The United States could be described as a nation of immigrants seeking to realize the American Dream. But how much of what we know about Colorado's pre–World War II immigrants is deep-seeded mythology?