Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882

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Macmillan, Jan 12, 2005 - History - 328 pages
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"Arguably the most useful for general readers. Clearly written, reasonably lean and on the whole, balanced in its assessments, it is an excellent primer." --Los Angeles Times

The federal government's efforts to pick and choose among the multitude of immigrants seeking to enter the United States began with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Conceived in ignorance and falsely presented to the public, it had undreamt of consequences, and this pattern has been rarely deviated from since. As renowned historian Roger Daniels shows in this brilliant new work, America's inconsistent, often illogical, and always cumbersome immigration policy has profoundly affected our recent past.

Immigration policy in Daniels' skilled hands shows Americans at their best and worst, from the nativist violence that forced Theodore Roosevelt's 1907 "gentlemen's agreement" with Japan to the generous refugee policies adopted after World War Two and throughout the Cold War. And in a conclusion drawn from today's headlines, Daniels makes clear how far ignorance, partisan politics, and unintended consequences have overtaken immigration policy during the current administration's War on Terror.

Irreverent, deeply informed, and authoritative, Guarding the Golden Door presents an unforgettable interpretation of modern American history.
  

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Daniels (Prisoners Without Trial) provides an expert reexamination of American immigration policy and immigrant history. He identifies "nodal points" in the history of immigration to the United ... Read full review

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Very liberal, but well written. Repeats many passages throughout the book. A scholarly read. Read full review

Contents

The Triumph of the Old Nativism
27
No New Deal for Immigration
59
The Barriers Begin to Drop
81
19461950
98
The Cold War and Immigration
113
Lyndon Johnson and the End of the Quota System
129
Changing Patterns in a Changing World 19652001
147
Latinos
175
Cubans Southeast Asians
190
Myths and Realities
219
Struggles over Immigration Policy
232
Immigration After 911
261
Notes
269
Bibliography
301
Index
317
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Roger Daniels, author of Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II, is a renowned expert on immigration, consultant to PBS and the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, and expert witness on Japanese-American internment.

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