Irreverent, deeply informed, and authoritative, Guarding the Golden Door presents an unforgettable interpretation of modern American history. Essentially, it tells the story of our inverted bell shape curve on immigration -- heavy immigration numbers in the late s and early s as mostly male eastern and southern Europeans streamed into America to work in its factories, followed by severe immigration restrictions from the s to the s, and bookended by another huge surge in immigration with a very different set of characteristics, dominated by Mexicans, Central Americans, and Asians.
Throughout it all, Daniels explains the issues and outcomes with clarity and insight. Immigration happens everywhere in the world; and, though we will focus on the United States, we will learn, early in the semester, a bit about its evolution elsewhere.
A decent reference work, but not recommended for light reading. Those who read closely will unearth arresting tidbits, such as the central role of the Chinese as targets in virtually all early anti-immigration measures and the brief but virulent anti-Filipino hysteria of the early s.Historically, these fears have been expressed in terms of race; today, "culture" is the preferred term to distinguish the assimilable, useful immigrants from the purportedly dangerous ones. Introduction and Description According to archivist Aloha South, most visitors to the National Archives in Washington, DC, are not professional scholars but are people curious to investigate their family tree, their genealogy—their roots. Week 5 T, Sept Read Daniels chapter Rarely has immigration laws been about space, assimilation or safety. Conceived in ignorance and falsely presented to the public, it had undreamt of consequences, and this pattern has been rarely deviated from since. This book explains the policies and laws well. Participation options include e-mailing me comments or questions prior to class and keeping up with current events. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend class when a written assignment is due, let me know in advance and make arrangements for getting the paper to me. Guarding the Golden Door has it all: solid, informed research, and clear, cogent writing. But you need to make your participation evident to me, so that you may receive credit for it. Reflect on your own social location, your privileges and power.
Rarely has immigration laws been about space, assimilation or safety. You will be responsible for keeping up with these.