Debating American Immigration, 1882-Present / Edition 1

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Overview

In Debating American Immigration, 1882-Present, prominent historians Roger Daniels and Otis Graham offer competing interpretations of the past, present, and future of American immigration policy and American attitudes towards immigration. Through original essays and supporting primary documents, the authors provide recommendations for future policies and legal remedies. This compact and clearly written text is an excellent introduction to one of today's most emotionally charged issues.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
The essays are lively reading. This is an outstanding volume that fulfills its objectives. It is a successful way of presenting the two sides of the immigration debate over the past 120 years. It leaves it to the reader to decide on which side, or where in between, he or she stands.
Victor Greene
The work by Daniels and Graham is welcomed for two important reasons. First it goes far to advance the still unrealized notion that historical study is debatable hence educational and second it does so authoritatively and readably on the enduringly significant issue of immigration policy.
John Higham
From starkly contrasting points of view, two accomplished historians, Roger Daniels and Otis Graham, interpret changes in immigration restriction policies from an era of closure to the increasing openness of recent years. One story features the opportunities of an expanding economy, the other the failure of the political system to cope with long-term problems that weakly regulated immigration fosters.
Philip Gleason
A splendid juxtaposition of contrasting interpretations. Debating American Immigration provides a wealth of relevant and cogent argumentation.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
The essays are lively reading. This is an outstanding volume that fulfills its objectives. It is a successful way of presenting the two sides of the immigration debate over the past 120 years. It leaves it to the reader to decide on which side, or where in between, he or she stands.
David M. Reimers
Persons interested in the immigration debate and the history of immigration to America, will find Debating American Immigration a very useful book. Roger
Daniels and Otis Graham, two well-known historians, have given us a lively account of the issues in the past and present.
Eh.Net
The essays are lively reading. This is an outstanding volume that fulfills its objectives. It is a successful way of presenting the two sides of the immigration debate over the past 120 years. It leaves it to the reader to decide on which side, or where in between, he or she stands.
Journal of American Ethnic History
The book is manageable, judicious, and thoughtful, with clearly written essays and short, relevant documents. In the hands of a skilled teacher, it can be a wonderful tool in stimulating debate and enabling students to look at controversial issue from many different angles. Two thumbs up!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847694105
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Debating Twentieth-Century America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,187,319
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Daniels is professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. Otis L. Graham is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 In Defense of American Immigration Policy Chapter 4 Legal Immigration in the 20th Century Chapter 5 Legal Immigrants: Top 20 Nations of Birth, 1995-97 Chapter 6 Major Provisions of Seven 20th Century Immigration Statues Chapter 7 Excerpt from Whom We Shall Welcome? Chapter 8 Excerpt from President Lyndon B. Johnson's Remarks at the Signing of the 1965 Immigration Act Chapter 9 The Unfinished Reform: Regulating Immigration in the National Interest Chapter 10 Excerpt from The Booker T. Washington Papers, 1889-95 Chapter 11 Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography, 1926 Chapter 12 Excerpt from American: A Nation or Confusion?, 1928 Chapter 13 Excerpt from "Our National Origins Quota System: The Mirror of America" by Robert C. Alexander, 1956 Chapter 14 Excerpt from Senator Robert Byrd's Congressional Response to the 1965 Immigration Act, 1965 Chapter 15 Statements from President William Jefferson Clinton, 1998 Chapter 16 U.S. Population Growth If Immigration and Fertility Do Not Change Chapter 17 Selected Readings

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