Postwar Immigrant America: A Social History

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Postwar Immigrant America examines the changing patterns of immigration to the United States since World War II, providing a synthesis of elements often scattered in interpretive and documentary works. An introduction summarizes the history of immigration to the United States before World War II, and the six chapters that follow discuss major themes such as the development of immigration patterns, the changes in American immigration and naturalization policies, and the image of the "melting pot" versus the ...
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Postwar Immigrant America examines the changing patterns of immigration to the United States since World War II, providing a synthesis of elements often scattered in interpretive and documentary works. An introduction summarizes the history of immigration to the United States before World War II, and the six chapters that follow discuss major themes such as the development of immigration patterns, the changes in American immigration and naturalization policies, and the image of the "melting pot" versus the concept of pluralism. Charts, tables, maps, boxes featuring the human element in immigration, a chronology of immigration policy, and an index are also included.
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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 (booknews.com)
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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

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Historical Context of Immigration 1
The Changing Waves of Immigration 5
The Matrix of Push and Pull 7
The Ebb and Flow of Immigration 9
Immigrants in the Early Twentieth Century 11
1 The Legacy of Restriction 18
The Retreat to Restrictionism 18
The Origins of Immigration Policy 18
Restrictions on Asian Admissions 19
The Creation of an Omnibus Restrictive Policy 20
Transition to an Omnibus Selective Policy 24
The Decline of Return Migration 26
Toward Unified and Restricted Naturalization 26
The System of Discriminatory Naturalization 27
The Centralized Administration of Naturalization 30
The Continuing Influx after Restriction 31
Exodus from Canada and Mexico 32
The Airplane Migration from Puerto Rico 36
The Rise of the Refugee Class 36
Continuation of the Demographic Shift 38
2 The Transformation of Policy 42
The Path to a Worldwide Immigration Policy 42
The McCarran-Walter Act 43
The Hart-Celler Act 44
The Immigration Reform and Control Act 48
The Expansion of Refugee Legislation 49
The Liberalization Of Naturalization Policy 52
The Globalization of Immigration 52
Push and Pull Factors in the Postindustrial Era 53
3 The Changing Face of Post-1965 Immigration 58
An Imbalanced Worldwide Immigration 58
The New Asian Immigrants 64
The New Latin American Immigrants 68
The West Indian and Haitian Immigrants 71
The Declining Factor of European Immigration 73
Seeding the New Frontier of Immigrant Colonies 74
4 The Making of a World Melting Pot 83
Patterns of Social Mobility 86
The Structure of Economic Opportunity 86
The Ethnic Dimensions of Economic Progress 88
Asian Patterns of Mobility 91
Hispanic Patterns of Mobility 92
West Indian and Haitian Patterns of Mobility 93
The Changing Face of Mobility and Inequality 94
Educational Gains 96
Linguistic Assimilation 98
Family and Population 100
Fertility and Immigration 100
Intermarriage 104
Transitions in Identity and Community 106
The Societal Impact of Changing Immigration 109
5 The Immigrant and American Democracy 117
The Path to American Citizenship 117
The Changing Distance between Aliens and Citizens 119
Naturalization of Aliens 123
Learning American National Identity 129
The Expanding Role of Government in Ethnic Relations 134
Toward Equal Opportunity for New Americans 134
The Rise of Official Group Identity 137
6 Immigration and the National Future 149
Appendix A. Additional Tables 156
Appendix B. Chronology of Immigration and Naturalization Policy 169
Index 173
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