Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity / Edition 1

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Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identityis the most thorough reinterpretation of the shape and meaning of immigration in United States history that has been written in several decades. Drawing on the insights of ethnic studies and the issues raised by new immigration in the last third of the twentieth century, Almost All Aliens presents a major new interpretation of a fundamental issue in US history and public policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415935937
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 375,730
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Spickard is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is co-author of Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America (Routledge 2003) and editor of Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World (Routledge 2004).

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Table of Contents



1 Immigration, Race, Ethnicity, Colonialism

Beyond Ellis Island—How Not to Think about Immigration History

Not Assimilation But Race Making

Words Matter

2. Colliding Peoples in Eastern North America, 1600—1780

In the Beginning There Were Indians

There Goes the Neighborhood: European Incursion and “Settlement”

A Mixed Multitude: European Migrants

Out of Africa

Merging Peoples, Blending Cultures

3 An Anglo-American Republic? Racial Citizenship,


Slavery and Antislavery in the Era of the American Revolution

Free White Persons: Defining Membership

Playing Indian: White Appropriations of Native American Symbols and Identities

European Immigrants

Issues in European Migration


Were the Irish Ever Not White?

4 The Border Crossed Us: Euro-Americans Take the

Continent, 1830—1900

U.S. Colonial Expansion across North America

Taking the Mexican Northlands

Racial Replacement

East from Asia

Slave and Citizen

Colonialism and Race Making

5 The Great Wave, 1870—1930

From New Sources and Old, to America and Back

Making a Multiethnic Working Class in the West

6 Cementing Hierarchy: Issues and Interpretations,


How They Lived and Worked

Gender and Migration

Angles of Entry

Making Jim Crow in the South

Making Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy in the North

Empire and Race Making

Law, Race, and Immigration

Racialist Pseudoscience and Its Offspring

Anti-Immigrant Movements

Interpretive Issues

7 White People’s America, 1924—1965

Recruiting Citizens

Recruiting Guest Workers

Indians or Citizens?

World War II

Cracks in White Hegemony

Racial Fairness and the Immigration Act of 1965

8 New Migrants from New Places Since 1965

Some Migrants We Know

From Asia

From the Americas

From Europe

From Africa

Continuing Involvements Abroad

9 Redefining Membership Amid Multiplicity Since 1965

Immigration Reform, Again and Again

Panethnic Power

Disgruntled White People

New Issues in a New Era

10 Epilogue: Future Uncertain

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration at the Dawn

of the Twenty-First Century

Projecting the Future

Immigration Issues




Chronology of Immigration and Naturalization Laws and Decisions




Illustration Permission Acknowledgments

Also by Paul Spickard


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