Expelling the Poor
Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy
- First sustained study of immigration control conducted by states prior to the introduction of federal immigration law in the late nineteenth century.
- Argues that the origins of American immigration control were in cultural prejudice against the Irish and, more essentially, economic concerns about their poverty, rather than anti-Asian racism.
- Challenges long-standing idea that immigration was unregulated prior to passage of federal immigration legislation.
- Connects nativist politics to US deportation policy.
- Includes immigrants' post-deportation experiences in Europe.
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