In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy / Edition 1

In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy / Edition 1

by Anna Pegler-Gordon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520252985

ISBN-13: 2900520252980

Pub. Date: 10/13/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

When restrictive immigration laws were introduced in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, they included new requirements for photographing and documenting immigrants-regulations for visually inspecting race and health. This work is the first to take a comprehensive look at the history of immigration policy in the United States through the prism of

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When restrictive immigration laws were introduced in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, they included new requirements for photographing and documenting immigrants-regulations for visually inspecting race and health. This work is the first to take a comprehensive look at the history of immigration policy in the United States through the prism of visual culture. Anna Pegler-Gordon considers the role and uses of visual documentation at Angel Island for Chinese immigrants, at Ellis Island for European immigrants, and on the U.S.-Mexico border. In a rich narrative that includes many previously unpublished images, she explores how visual regulations became central in the early development of U.S. immigration policy and in the introduction of racial immigration restrictions. In Sight of America also provides historical context for understanding more recent developments in immigration policy and, at the same time, sheds new light on the cultural history of American photography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520252980
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
American Crossroads Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

List of Tables xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

1 First Impressions: Chinese Exclusion and the Introduction of Immigration Documentation, 1875-1909 22

2 Photographic Paper Sons: Resisting Immigration Identity Documentation, 1893-1943 67

3 Ellis Island as an Observation Station: Spectacle and Inspection, 1892-1924 104

4 Ellis Island as a Photo Studio: The Honorific Ethnographic Image, 1904-26 123

5 The Imaginary Line: Passing and Passports on the Mexican-U.S. Border, 1906-17 174

6 The Dividing Line: Documentation on the Mexican-U.S. Border, 1917-34 192

Conclusion 221

Notes 231

Bibliography 279

Index 307

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