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 periods, political discourse, and tv and picture. we're advised that the us is a "nation of immigrants," outfitted by means of those that got here from many lands to make a good greater kingdom. yet this trust was once really new within the 20th century, a interval that observed the institution of immigrant quotas that persisted till the Immigrant and Nationality Act of 1965. What replaced over the process the century, in line with historian Robert L. Fleegler, is the increase of "contributionism," the idea that the newbies from japanese and southern Europe contributed very important cultural and monetary merits to American society.
Early twentieth-century immigrants from southern and japanese Europe usually came across themselves criticized for language and customs at odds with their new tradition, yet in the beginning chanced on higher popularity via an emphasis on their similarities to "native inventory" american citizens. Drawing on assets as different as global struggle II motion pictures, 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 conflict occasion of ethnic variety and its benefits—helping to ease the passage of Sixties immigration legislation that improved the pool of felony immigrants and atmosphere the level for the identification politics of the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. Ellis Island Nation presents a ancient point of view on contemporary 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