Shapers Of The Great Debate On Immigration

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Natives and immigrants, men and women, people from all regions, races, religions, and walks of life, have brought varying perspectives to the long-running debate on immigration. Drawing from a large cast of characters—from Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, and Cesar Chavez to Jane Addams, Henry Ford, and Patrick McCarran—this book introduces students to people who have contributed to U.S. immigration policy from the Revolution to the present. Showing how each person's opinion drew from personal experience ...

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Natives and immigrants, men and women, people from all regions, races, religions, and walks of life, have brought varying perspectives to the long-running debate on immigration. Drawing from a large cast of characters—from Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, and Cesar Chavez to Jane Addams, Henry Ford, and Patrick McCarran—this book introduces students to people who have contributed to U.S. immigration policy from the Revolution to the present. Showing how each person's opinion drew from personal experience and thus added a new dimension to the debate, the book encompasses such issues as immigration and economics, partisan politics, culture, public opinion, and ethics.

Arguments for and against immigration—culture, economics, foreign policy, race—recur repeatedly throughout U.S. history. Individuals assign them priority at specific times. The vignettes in the book put a human face on immigration policy and on abstract concepts such as labor markets. The book shows how individuals made difficult and sometimes contradictory decisions on this controversial issue.

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Each volume in the new series will focus on a particular issue in US history, providing undergraduate and advanced high-school students with biographical information on important players and discussing what might have influenced the role or position they took. The 20 people profiled here range chronologically from Thomas Jefferson to John Tanton (b. 1934); some advocated immigration and some opposed it, while others took intermediate stands or contributed important ideas to the debate without taking a strong position in it. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

MARY ELIZABETH BROWN is Assistant Professor in the Social Science Division of Marymount Manhattan College and also assists with special projects at the Center for Migration Studies.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction: Behind U.S. Immigration Law
"A Right Which Nature Has Given to All Men" 1
The No-Popery Crusade 15
Definitions of "Assimilation" 31
"The Chinese Must Go!" 45
"Cast Down Your Buckets Where You Are" 59
How the Other Half Lives 71
Settling in the American City 87
Immigration Restriction as National Policy 99
Race Suicide 113
International Criminal Conspiracies 125
The Passing of the Great Race 139
Red Scare 151
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion 163
Illustrious Immigrants 177
Cold War Immigration 191
The Uprooted and Other Images of Immigration 205
Immigration as a Solution to Other Problems 219
Migrant Farmworkers 233
"There Can Be No Perfect Immigrant Reform Bill" 247
Of Grass and Grassroots 261
App.: Brief Biographies 275
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