One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965

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The idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants is at the core of the American narrative. But in 1924, Congress instituted a system of ethnic quotas so stringent that it choked off large-scale immigration for decades, sharply curtailing arrivals from southern and eastern Europe and outright banning those from nearly all of Asia. In this deeply researched and illuminating work of history, Jia Lynn Yang recounts how lawmakers, activists, and presidents from Truman through LBJ worked relentlessly to abolish the 1924 law. Their crowning achievement, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, proved to be one of the most transformative laws in the country's history, opening the door to nonwhite migration at levels never seen before--and changing America in ways that those who debated it could hardly have imagined.

 

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Collaborators: Jia Lynn Yang (Author)

Type: Paperback

Pages: 336

Dim: 6.4" x 1.2" x 9.6"

Item Number: 9780393867527