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America classifies the immigrants : from Ellis Island to the 2020 census

America classifies the immigrants : from Ellis Island to the 2020 census

Author: Joel Perlmann
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
When more than twenty million immigrants arrived in the United States between 1880 and 1920, the government attempted to classify them according to prevailing ideas about race and nationality. But this proved hard to do. Ideas about racial or national difference were slippery, contested, and yet consequential--were "Hebrews" a "race," a "religion," or a "people"? As Joel Perlmann shows, a self-appointed pair of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Informational works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Perlmann
ISBN: 9780674425057 0674425057
OCLC Number: 1002821823
Description: viii, 451 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One The list of races and peoples --
Creating and refining the list, 1898-1906 --
Immigration - especially European - through the lens of race --
First struggles over the list: the Jewish challenges and the federal defense, 1899-1903 --
The United States Immigration Commission, 1907-1911 --
Urging the list on the U.S. Census Bureau, 1908-1910 --
The Census Bureau goes its own way: race, nationality, mother tongue, 1910-1916 --
Part Two Institutionalizing race distinctions in American immigration law --
The second quota act, 1924 --
Immigration law for white races and others: three episodes --
Part Three The ethnic group: Formulation and diffusion of an American concept, to 1964 --
From "race" to "ethnic group": organizing concepts in American studies of immigrants, to 1964 --
From social science to the federal bureaucracy? Limited diffusion of the "ethnic group" concept through the early 1950s --
Part Four Incorporating the legacies of the Civil Rights Era and mass immigration from the Third World --
Race and the immigrant in federal statistics after 1965 --
Other Titles: From Ellis Island to the 2020 census
Responsibility: Joel Perlmann.


Joel Perlmann traces the history of U.S. classification of immigrants, from Ellis Island to the present day, showing how slippery and contested ideas about racial, national, and ethnic difference  Read more...


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A work of exacting scholarship and exemplary good sense. Perlmann illuminates as no other scholar has the process by which Americans decided how to classify immigrants. His account offers a much Read more...

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