Not Like Us: Immigrants and Minorities in America, 1890-1924

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In the thirty-five years after 1890, more than 20 million immigrants came to the United States - a greater number than in any comparable period before or since. Despite American mythology about "melting pots" and "tossed salads," the newcomers were often treated in hostile fashion. Tracing their experiences in confronting the forces of American nativism, Roger Daniels finds that a period of supposed progress was instead filled with conflict and xenophobia. If so many immigrants came to American shores in this period, how can it be called an age of nativism? "The answer," Mr. Daniels writes, "is that by the 1890s powerful anti-immigrant forces had already become organized. Slowly but surely these nativists worked toward what became their major triumph, the so-called National Origins Act of 1924." But immigrants alone were not the focus of reactionary forces; African Americans and Native Americans also suffered abuse and neglect. In his analytical narrative, Mr. Daniels examines the condition of these three groups, with attention to legislation, judicial decisions, mob violence, and the responses of minorities.
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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Southern History
A readable history of ethnic minorities and immigrants . . . powerful.
— Maxine D. Jones
The Journal of Southern History - Maxine D. Jones
A readable history of ethnic minorities and immigrants . . . powerful.
Journal Of Southern History
A readable history of ethnic minorities and immigrants . . . powerful.
— Maxine D. Jones
Immigrants and Minorities
Lucid and effective . . . Daniels maps out the contradictions and inequities which characterize legislation enacted against the socially defined 'other.'
Journal Of Southern History
A readable history of ethnic minorities and immigrants...powerful.
— Maxine D. Jones
Immigrants and Minorities
Lucid and effective...Daniels maps out the contradictions and inequities which characterize legislation enacted against the socially defined "other".
From The Critics
A readable history of ethnic minorities and immigrants...powerful.
Journal of Southern History
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although more than 20 million immigrants came to the U.S. from 1890 to 1924, Daniels (Coming to America) argues convincingly here that the period was marked by hostility and violence toward immigrants, African Americans and Native Americans. Drawing on extensive research, the author details the growth of anti-immigrant feeling, or nativism, that began with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which halted the influx of Chinese laborers and culminated in the National Origins Act of 1924, establishing a rigid immigrant quota system. In this objective and clearly written analysis, Daniels describes government theft of Native American lands and mob violence (e.g., lynchings) against African Americans. He notes that the rise of nativism resulted in literacy laws that further restricted immigration and sparked widespread discrimination against German, Irish, Italian and Asian immigrants. Although he sees improvements in U.S. policy toward minorities and immigrants, he believes many Americans are still prejudiced against these groups. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566631662
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: American Ways Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Daniels is Charles Phelps Taft Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati and president of the Immigration History Society. His other books include The Politics of Prejudice; American Racism; Concentration Camps, USA; Asian Americans; and Prisoners Without Trial.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 PROLOGUE: CHINESE EXCLUSION, 1882 3 Chapter 2 Chinese emigration to the United States. Social opposition and its political consequences. Part 3 THE UNITED STATES IN THE GREY NINETIES 20 Chapter 4 Economic forces for change. Disruption of the political equilibrium. Attacks on Indian culture. Disenfranchisement of blacks and the rise of Jim Crow. Segregation affirmed by the Supreme Court. Nativist and anti-immigrant groups respond to fears of unchec Part 5 THE LIMITS OF PROGRESSIVISM 47 Chapter 6 Progressive indifference to Indian concerns. Black urban migration and race riots. Immigration reaches its peak and prompts congressional investigation and growth of the immigration service. Experiences of Germans, Irish, Italians, and Jews. Anti-Japanese Part 7 WORLD WAR I AND THE AMBIGUITIES OF NATIONALISM 77 Chapter 8 1917 immigration law. Wartime experiences of Indians and blacks. "Americanization" of immigrant cultures. Immigrant attitudes toward the war. Part 9 POSTWAR PASSIONS 101 Chapter 10 Race riots in Chicago and Tulsa. The Crusage against subversives, radicals, and foreigners. Part 11 THE TRIUMPH OF NATIVISM 122 Chapter 12 Modest Indian reforms. Rise of the second Ku Klux Klan. Immigration "reform" and the 1924 law. Part 13 EPILOGUE: TOWARD EQUALITY 144 Chapter 14 The New Deal's new attitude toward Indians. Blacks turn to Roosevelt. World War II's homefront benefits. New attitudes toward Indians, blacks, and immigrants. Part 15 A Note on Sources 161 Part 16 Index 170
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