Postwar Immigrant America: A Social History / Edition 1

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In his global perspective and analytic treatment, Reed Ueda goes beyond a narrative historical account of twentieth-century American immigration to focus on the global and international forces that prompted the large-scale uprooting and transplanting of people following World War II.

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Ueda (history, Tufts U.) interprets the changing patterns of immigration to the US since WWII, discussing themes such as shifts from restrictive to liberal immigration laws, naturalization policies, refugees, and ethnic relations. He charts patterns of social mobility among groups including West Indians and Latin Americans, and allows immigrants to speak for themselves on their experiences. Includes b&w maps and charts, a chronology of immigration policy, and a summary of immigration before WWII. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312075262
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/15/1994
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Reed Ueda, associate professor of history at Tufts University, has taught at Brandeis University and Harvard University. Ueda has received fellowship awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has been on the advisory boards of the University of Chicago School Review, the Harvard Educational Review, American Quarterly, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He has explored the social history of education, urbanization, and immigration in West End House (1981) and Avenues to Adulthood (1987) and has served as research editor of the award-winning Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (1980).

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Historical Context of Immigration
The Changing Waves of Immigration
The Matrix of Push and Pull
The Ebb and Flow of Immigration
Immigrants in the Early Twentieth Century

1. The Legacy of Restriction
The Retreat to Restrictionism
The Origins of Immigration Policy
Restrictions on Asian Admissions
The Creation of an Omnibus Restrictive Policy
Transition to an Omnibus Selective Policy
The Decline of Return Migration
Toward Unified and Restricted Naturalization
The System of Discriminatory Naturalization
The Centralized Administration of Naturalization
The Continuing Influx after Restriction
Exodus from Canada and Mexico
The Airplane Migration from Puerto Rico
The Rise of the Refugee Class
Continuation of the Demographic Shift

2. The Transformation of Policy
The Path to a Worldwide Immigration Policy
The McCarran-Walter Act
The Hart-Celler Act
The Immigration Reform and Control Act
The Expansion of Refugee Legislation
The Liberalization of Naturalization Policy
The Globalization of Immigration
Push and Pull Factors in the Postindustrial Era

3. The Changing Face of Post-1965 Immigration
An Imbalanced Worldwide Immigration
The New Asian Immigrants
The New Latin Immigrants
The West Indian and Haitian Immigrants
The Declining Factor of European Immigration
Seeding the New Frontier of Immigrant Colonies

4. The Making of a World Melting Pot
Patterns of Social Mobility
The Structure of Economic Opportunity
The Ethnic Dimensions of Economic Progress
Asian Patterns of Mobility
Hispanic Patterns of Mobility
West Indian and Haitian Patterns of Mobility
The Changing Face of Mobility and Inequality
Educational Gains
Linguistic Assimilation
Family and Population
Fertility and Immigration
Transitions in Identity and Community
The Societal Impact of Changing Immigration

5. The Immigrant and American Democracy
The Path to American Citizenship
The Changing Distance Between Aliens and Citizens
Naturalization of Aliens
Learning American National Identity
The Expanding Role of Government in Ethnic Relations
Toward Equal Opportunity for New Americans
The Rise of Official Group Identity

6. Immigration and the National Future


Appendix A. Additional Tables
Appendix B. Chronology of Immigration and Naturalization Policy


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