By Robert L. Fleegler
Though debates over immigration have waxed and waned during American historical past, the significance of immigrants to the nation's identification is imparted in civics sessions, political discourse, and tv and picture. we're advised that the U.S. is a "nation of immigrants," equipped via those who got here from many lands to make an excellent greater kingdom. yet this trust used to be particularly 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 accordance with historian Robert L. Fleegler, is the increase of "contributionism," the idea that the rookies from japanese and southern Europe contributed very important cultural and monetary merits to American society.
Early twentieth-century immigrants from southern and japanese Europe frequently discovered themselves criticized for language and customs at odds with their new tradition, yet firstly came upon higher popularity via an emphasis on their similarities to "native inventory" american citizens. Drawing on assets as various as international warfare II motion pictures, files 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 social gathering of ethnic variety and its benefits—helping to ease the passage of Nineteen Sixties immigration legislation that accelerated the pool of felony immigrants and atmosphere the degree for the identification politics of the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties. Ellis Island Nation offers a old standpoint on fresh discussions of multiculturalism and the exclusion of teams that experience arrived because the liberalization of immigrant laws.
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