The Making of Modern Immigration
An Encyclopedia of People and Ideas
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..." the Statue of Liberty proclaims. Nevertheless, U.S. immigration policy has as often been exclusionary as inclusive. A careful study of America's immigration history, like the one provided here, yields important insights for the future direction of a just and compassionate treatment of those who would call the United States home.
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Combining the insight of two-dozen expert contributors to examine key figures, events, and policies over 200 years of U.S. immigration history, this work illuminates the foundations of the ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of our nation.
The two-volume The Making of Modern Immigration: An Encyclopedia of People and Ideas is organized around a series of four dozen in-depth essays on specific aspects of American immigration history since the founding of the Republic. This encyclopedia addresses the major historical themes and contemporary research trends related to U.S. immigration, canvassing all the major policy endeavors on immigration in the last two centuries.
In addition to documenting immigration policy, the contributors devote extensive attention to the historiography of immigration, supplementing theories with cutting-edge sociological data. Not content with providing a comprehensive overview of immigration history, however, the work also offers probing investigations of key figures behind the ideas that have shaped the nation's self-understanding. Taken as a whole, this seminal work lifts out the personalities and policies that surround the composition of America's national identity, illuminating the past as a series of lessons for the future.
- 45 entries covering such issues as the Alien and Sedition Acts, asylees, immigration and customs enforcement, immigration and religion, and U.S.–Mexico border relations
- Contributions from an international collaborative of 24 scholars from the social and human sciences
- A timeline
- Entry-specific bibliographies and a lengthy general bibliography
- Traverses the history of the most important developments in the American immigrant experience
- Highlights broad themes and showcases particular events and personalities in the debates over immigration
- Makes judicious and precise historical judgments on policies that have failed to achieve their intended goals, explaining the causal effects and charting necessary future revisions
- Presents an extremely comprehensive historical narrative about the history of immigration in the United States
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"The wide variety of essays emphasizes the relationship between people and ideas and the contextualization of the two in the development of the immigration debate. These well-organized, well-written volumes provide researchers with useful overviews on diverse immigration issues. Summing up: Recommended."
"The Making of Modern Immigration fills a gap in the literature and is recommended for most public
and academic libraries."
"A good jumping-off point for college and adult users interested in immigration history."
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