America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

by Erika Lee

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An award-winning historian reframes our continuing debate over immigration with a compelling history of xenophobia in the United States and its devastating impact

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia. In America for Americans, Erika Lee shows that an irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era. Benjamin Franklin ridiculed Germans for their "strange and foreign ways." Americans' anxiety over Irish Catholics turned xenophobia into a national political movement. Chinese immigrants were excluded, Japanese incarcerated, and Mexicans deported. Today, Americans fear Muslims, Latinos, and the so-called browning of America.

Forcing us to confront this history, America for Americans explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America. It is a necessary corrective and spur to action for any concerned citizen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541672604
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 109,996
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Erika Lee is a Regents Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The author of The Making of Asian America and other award-winning books, Lee lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 "Strangers to Our Language and Constitutions" 17

Chapter 2 "Americans Must Rule America" 39

Chapter 3 "The Chinese Are No More" 75

Chapter 4 The "Inferior Races" of Europe 113

Chapter 5 "Getting Rid of the Mexicans" 147

Chapter 6 "Military Necessity" 183

Chapter 7 Xenophobia and Civil Rights 221

Chapter 8 "Save Our State" 251

Chapter 9 Islamophobia 289

Conclusion 321

Acknowledgments 339

Archives and Collections 345

Notes 347

Index 397

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