Journals Higher Education

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Published: 24 January 2017

320 Pages | 13 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190619213


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Expelling the Poor

Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy

Hidetaka Hirota

  • First sustained study of immigration control conducted by states prior to the introduction of federal immigration law in the late nineteenth century.
  • Argues that the origins of American immigration control were in cultural prejudice against the Irish and, more essentially, economic concerns about their poverty, rather than anti-Asian racism.
  • Challenges long-standing idea that immigration was unregulated prior to passage of federal immigration legislation.
  • Connects nativist politics to US deportation policy.
  • Includes immigrants' post-deportation experiences in Europe.
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