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U.S. Immigration and Migration
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
U. S. Immigration and Migration
Publication Date: 2004-05-28
The Human Genome DiversityProject tells us that between 15,000and 30,000 years ago people fromMongolia crossed Beringia to whatwe now call the Americas. "U.S.Immigration and Migration" chroniclesand interprets the phenomenalwaves of immigration to the UnitedStates from the earliest timesthrough the period from 1820 to1930, when the United Stateswas the destination of some 60%of the world's immigrants -- up to the presentday, when restrictive policies have temporarily stanched the flowof immigrants. Insights into the movementof people are provided in the "Primary Sources" volume viaexcerpts from such key documents as the Maryland TolerationAct (1649), the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1784), the Homestead Act(1862), the Chinese Exclusion Act (1892), the National OriginsAct (1924) -- up to legislation passed in the wake of theSeptember 11 attacks.
Publication Date: 2008-11-17
Examines the 14th Amendment to the Constitution through various essays.
Not Fit for Our Society
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
In a book of deep and telling ironies, Peter Schrag provides essential background for understanding the fractious debate over immigration. Covering the earliest days of the Republic to current events, Schrag sets the modern immigration controversy within the context of three centuries of debate over the same questions about who exactly is fit for citizenship. He finds that nativism has long colored our national history, with the fear--and loathing--of newcomers that provides one of the faultlines of American cultural and political life. Schrag describes the eerie similarities between the race-based arguments for restricting Irish, German, Slav, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese immigrants in the past and the arguments for restricting Latinos and others today. He links the terrible history of eugenic "science" to ideas, individuals, and groups now at the forefront of the fight against rational immigration policies.Not Fit for Our Societymakes a powerful case for understanding the complex, often paradoxical history of immigration restriction as we work through the issues that inform, and often distort, the debate over who can become a citizen, who decides, and on what basis.