Selling America: Immigration Promotion and the Settlement of the American Continent, 1607-1914

Selling America: Immigration Promotion and the Settlement of the American Continent, 1607-1914

by Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson


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An in-depth look at the motivating factors behind immigration to America from 1607 to 1914, including what attracted people to America, who was trying to attract them, and why.

• Features a synthesis of 35 state promotional policies regarding immigration

• Challenges the commonly held view that the 19th century was a period of "laissez faire" immigration policy

• Examines the question of why immigrants migrate to certain areas

• Highlights the corporate, for-profit nature of English colonization in the 17th century

• Includes private corporate, religious, and philanthropic promotional activities

• Analyzes why policymakers favored certain immigrant groups over others

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440842085
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/16/2017
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson, PhD, is a public historian and museum curator. She has a doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Tenants Wanted: The Promotion of Immigration to the New World, 1607-1776 1

Chapter 2 Antebellum Immigration Promotion by States, 1845-1860 19

Chapter 3 Corporate Immigration Promotion and Labor Recruitment in the 19th Century 37

Chapter 4 Selling the Promised Land: Religious and Philanthropic Promotion 57

Chapter 5 Immigration Promotion in the Midwest, 1865-1914 73

Chapter 6 Immigration Promotion in the West, 1865-1914 95

Chapter 7 Immigration Promotion in the South, 1865-1914 113

Conclusion 133

Appendix: Tables 139

Notes 155

Further Reading 213

Index 217

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