Immigration: A Documentary and Reference Guide, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313349118
  • ISBN-13: 9780313349119
  • DDC: 325.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 351 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The uncomfortable contemporary realities of immigration, enmeshed as they are in economic, human rights, and national security issues, have once again propelled foreign immigration to the United States toward the top of the list of U.S. domestic policy concerns. Three respected authorities on immigration and international affairs here present a carefully calibrated history of U.S. immigration in primary source documents, tracing the roots of the current debate in the history of our profoundly divided and surprisingly cyclical response to foreign immigration. This book documents this national ambivalence, identifying the major waves of immigration and clarifying the ways in which the existing social and political fabric conditioned both the response to the newcomers and their prospects of eventual integration into American society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Reader's Guide to Documents and Sidebars.
1: Part I.
2: Immigration from Colonial Times to the Revolution.
3: Immigration and America's Expansion in the 1800s.
4: The Great Wave of Immigration from 1880 to 1920.
5: Immigration to the United States during the 1920s and 1930s.
6: Immigration in the Early Postwar Period.
7: From the Quota System to the Preference System.
8: The Growing Immigration Debate in the 1980s and 1990s.
9: The Response to Immigration after September 11, 2001.
10: Part II.
11: Mexico and the U.S. Immigration Debate.
12: The Security Debate and Immigration.
13: The Judiciary and U.S. Immigration Policy.
14: The Immigration Debate and the U.S. Economy.
15: Immigration and Electoral Campaign Politics.
16: Conclusion.
17: Key Immigration Legislation in U.S. History.
18: Resources on the Immigration Issue.
About the Authors.