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Schrag, Peter
Not fit for our society : nativism and immigration / Peter Schrag
Alternate Title Not fit for our society, immigration and nativism in America
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010
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 3rd Floor  JV6121 .S35 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Emigration and immigration -- Public opinion
Emigration and immigration -- Government policy
Physical Description xiii, 299 p. ; 24 cm
Note Subtitle on spine: Immigration and nativism in America
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-273) and index
Contents A city upon a hill -- "This visible act of ingurgitation" -- "Science" makes its case -- Preserving the race -- The great awhitening -- "They keep coming" -- A border without lines
Summary "In a book of deep and telling ironies, Peter Schrag provides essential background for understanding the fractious debate over immigration. Covering the earliest days of the Republic to current events, Schrag sets the modern immigration controversy within the context of three centuries of debate over the same questions about who exactly is fit for citizenship. He finds that nativism has long colored our national history, with the fear - and loathing - of newcomers that provides one of the faultlines of American cultural and political life. Schrag describes the eerie similarities between the race-based arguments for restricting Irish, German, Slav, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese immigrants in the past and the arguments for restricting Latinos and others today. He links the terrible history of eugenic "science" to ideas, individuals, and groups now at the forefront of the fight against rational immigration policies. Not Fit for Our Society makes a powerful case for understanding the complex, often paradoxical history of immigration restriction as we work through the issues that inform, and often distort, the debate over who can become a citizen, who decides, and on what basis." -- Publisher's description

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