By Robert L. Fleegler
Though debates over immigration have waxed and waned during American historical past, the significance of immigrants to the nation's id is imparted in civics sessions, political discourse, and tv and movie. we're advised that the U.S. is a "nation of immigrants," outfitted by way of those who got here from many lands to make a fair larger country. yet this trust used to be really new within the 20th century, a interval that observed the institution of immigrant quotas that continued until eventually the Immigrant and Nationality Act of 1965. What replaced over the process the century, in keeping with historian Robert L. Fleegler, is the increase of "contributionism," the assumption that the rookies from jap and southern Europe contributed vital cultural and financial advantages to American society.
Early twentieth-century immigrants from southern and jap Europe frequently came across themselves criticized for language and customs at odds with their new tradition, yet in the beginning discovered higher popularity via an emphasis on their similarities to "native inventory" americans. Drawing on resources as diversified as global conflict II movies, documents of Senate subcommittee hearings, and anti-Communist propaganda, Ellis Island Nation describes how contributionism ultimately shifted the focal point of the immigration debate from assimilation to a chilly struggle occasion of ethnic variety and its benefits—helping to ease the passage of Nineteen Sixties immigration legislation that multiplied the pool of criminal immigrants and atmosphere the degree for the identification politics of the Seventies and Eighties. Ellis Island Nation presents a historic point of view on fresh discussions of multiculturalism and the exclusion of teams that experience arrived because the liberalization of immigrant laws.
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Ellis Island Nation: Immigration Policy and American Identity in the Twentieth Century (Haney Foundation Series) by Robert L. Fleegler