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The Resource Inventing the immigration problem : the Dillingham Commission and its legacy, Katherine Benton-Cohen

Inventing the immigration problem : the Dillingham Commission and its legacy, Katherine Benton-Cohen

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Inventing the immigration problem : the Dillingham Commission and its legacy
Title
Inventing the immigration problem
Title remainder
the Dillingham Commission and its legacy
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Benton-Cohen
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1907 the U.S. Congress created a joint commission to investigate what many Americans saw as a national crisis: an unprecedented number of immigrants flowing into the United States. Experts--women and men trained in the new field of social science--fanned out across the country to collect data on these fresh arrivals. The trove of information they amassed shaped how Americans thought about immigrants, themselves, and the nation's place in the world. Katherine Benton-Cohen argues that the Dillingham Commission's legacy continues to inform the ways that U.S. policy addresses questions raised by immigration, over a century later. Within a decade of its launch, almost all of the commission's recommendations--including a literacy test, a quota system based on national origin, the continuation of Asian exclusion, and greater federal oversight of immigration policy--were implemented into law. Inventing the Immigration Problem describes the labyrinthine bureaucracy, broad administrative authority, and quantitative record-keeping that followed in the wake of these regulations. Their implementation marks a final turn away from an immigration policy motivated by executive-branch concerns over foreign policy and toward one dictated by domestic labor politics. The Dillingham Commission--which remains the largest immigration study ever conducted in the United States--reflects its particular moment in time when mass immigration, the birth of modern social science, and an aggressive foreign policy fostered a newly robust and optimistic notion of federal power. Its quintessentially Progressive formulation of America's immigration problem, and its recommendations, endure today in almost every component of immigration policy, control, and enforcement.--
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Benton-Cohen, Katherine,
Dewey number
325.7309/041
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JV6483
LC item number
.B48 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Demographic surveys
  • United States
Label
Inventing the immigration problem : the Dillingham Commission and its legacy, Katherine Benton-Cohen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The professor and the commission -- The gentlemen's agreement -- Hebrew or Jewish is simply a religion -- The vanishing American wage earner -- Women's power and knowledge -- The American type -- Not a question of too many immigrants
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780674976443
Lccn
2017052663
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1002820245
  • (OCoLC)1002820245
  • 2353561
Label
Inventing the immigration problem : the Dillingham Commission and its legacy, Katherine Benton-Cohen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The professor and the commission -- The gentlemen's agreement -- Hebrew or Jewish is simply a religion -- The vanishing American wage earner -- Women's power and knowledge -- The American type -- Not a question of too many immigrants
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780674976443
Lccn
2017052663
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1002820245
  • (OCoLC)1002820245
  • 2353561

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