Ambivalent Welcome

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944926
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Pages: 290
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

RITA J. SIMON is Professor of Justice, Law, and Society at The American University.

SUSAN H. ALEXANDER is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lycoming College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How the Print Media Have Covered Immigration
Pt. I A Statistical Overview of from Where and When Immigrants Came, Major Immigration Legislation, and Public Opinion Data 1
1 Who Came When and from Where: A Statistical Overview 3
2 Major Immigration Legislation and Political Party Platforms, 1880-1990 13
3 Public Opinion on Immigrants: National Polls, 1937-1990 29
Pt. II The Media Surveyed 49
4 North American Review 51
5 Saturday Evening Post 66
6 Literary Digest 83
7 Harper's, Scribner's, Atlantic Monthly, and The Nation 120
8 Christian Century, Commentary, and Commonweal 150
9 Reader's Digest 168
10 The Big News Weeklies: Time, Life, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report 173
11 The New York Times Editorials, 1880-1990 197
12 The Miracle of Immigration: Summary and Concluding Remarks 233
Appendix A: Profiles of the Magazines Surveyed 247
Appendix B: Organized Opposition to Immigration 257
Selected Bibliography 263
Index 265
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