Ambivalent Welcome

Ambivalent Welcome

by Rita James Simon, Susan H. Alexander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275944921

ISBN-13: 9780275944926

Pub. Date: 02/28/1993

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The Ambivalent Welcome describes how leading magazines and the New York Times covered and interpreted U.S. immigration policy, and public attitudes about the impact of immigrants on the American economy and social fabric. Rita J. Simon and Susan H. Alexander examine print media coverage of immigration issues from 1880, the onset of the new immigration, to

Overview

The Ambivalent Welcome describes how leading magazines and the New York Times covered and interpreted U.S. immigration policy, and public attitudes about the impact of immigrants on the American economy and social fabric. Rita J. Simon and Susan H. Alexander examine print media coverage of immigration issues from 1880, the onset of the new immigration, to the present, and find that most magazines, like most Americans, have vehemently opposed new immigrants.

Part One begins with a chapter providing statistics on the number of immigrants and refugees by country of origin from 1810 to 1990, and estimates of the number of illegals who have entered the United States. Chapter 2 discusses U.S. immigration acts and summarizes the major political party platforms on immigration from the mid-nineteenth century through the present. Results of all national poll data regarding immigrants and refugees since the availability of such data (1930s) are reported in Chapter 3. Part Two discusses in detail particular magazines, including North American Review, Saturday Evening Post, Literary Digest, Harper's, Scribner's, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Christian Century, Commentary, Commonweal, Reader's Digest, Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the editorials of the New York Times. Following a summary chapter, Appendix A provides a profile of each of the magazines, including the date of its founding, its editors and publishers, circulation, characteristics of its readers, and an assessment of its influence on immigration. Appendix B describes the major American anti-immigration movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275944926
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

How the Print Media Have Covered Immigration

A Statistical Overview of from Where and When Immigrants Came, Major Immigration Legislation, and Public Opinion Data

Who Came When and from Where: A Statistical Overview

Major Immigration Legislation, 1880-1990

Public Opinion on Immigrants: National Polls, 1937-1990

The Media Surveyed

North American Review

Saturday Evening Post

Literary Digest

Harper's, Scribner's, Atlantic Monthly, and The Nation

Christian Century, Commentary, and Commonweal

Reader's Digest

The Big News Weeklies: Time, Life, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report

The New York Times Editorials, 1880-1990

The Miracle of Immigration: Summary and Concluding Remarks

Appendix A: Profiles of the Magazines Surveyed

Appendix B: Organized Opposition to Immigration

Selected Bibliography

Index

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