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Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective

Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective

by Donna R. Gabaccia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691134197

ISBN-13: 9780691134192

Pub. Date: 03/12/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Histories investigating U.S. immigration have often portrayed America as a domestic melting pot, merging together those who arrive on its shores. Yet this is not a truly accurate depiction of the nation's complex connections to immigration. Offering a brand-new global history, Foreign Relations takes a comprehensive look at the links between American

Overview

Histories investigating U.S. immigration have often portrayed America as a domestic melting pot, merging together those who arrive on its shores. Yet this is not a truly accurate depiction of the nation's complex connections to immigration. Offering a brand-new global history, Foreign Relations takes a comprehensive look at the links between American immigration and U.S. foreign relations. Donna Gabaccia examines America's relationship to immigration and its debates through the prism of the nation's changing foreign policy over the past two centuries, and she highlights how these ever-evolving dynamics have influenced the lives of individuals moving to and from the United States.

With an emphasis on American immigration during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century industrial era and the contemporary era of free trade, Gabaccia shows that immigrants were not isolationists who cut ties to their countries of origin or their families. Instead, their relations to America were often in flux and dependent on government policies of the time. She cites a wide range of examples, such as how bilateral commercial treaties of the nineteenth century influenced whether family members might receive passage to America, how families maintained bonds to their countries of origin through the exchange of letters and goods, and how politics on behalf of the mother country could still be fought from across the ocean. Today, U.S. commercial diplomacy in China and NAFTA-era Mexico raises concerns about immigrants once again, and Gabaccia demonstrates that immigration has altered with America's developing geopolitical position in the world.

An innovative history of U.S. immigration, Foreign Relations casts a fresh eye on a compelling and controversial topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134192
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Series:
America in the World
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Isolated or Independent? American Immigration before 1850 24

Chapter 2: Empire and the Discovery of Immigrant Foreign Relations, 1850-1924 70

Chapter 3: Immigration and Restriction: Protection in a Dangerous World, 1850-1965 122

Chapter 4: Immigration and Globalization, 1965 to the Present 176

Conclusion: "The Inalienable Right of Man to Change His Home and Allegiance" 222

Appendix: Suggestions for Further Reading 235

Notes 247

Index 263

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