Immigration in American History is a concise examination of the experiences of immigrants from the founding of the British colonies through the present day.
The most recent scholarship on immigration is integrated into an accessible narrative that embraces the multicultural nature of U.S. immigration history, keeping issues of race and power at the center of the book. Organized chronologically, this book highlights how the migration experience evolved over time and emphasizes the interactions that occurred between different groups of migrants and the native-born. From the first interactions between the Native Americans and English colonizers at Jamestown, to the present-day debates over unauthorized immigration, the book helps students chart the evolution of American attitudes towards immigration and immigration policies and better contextualize present-day debates over immigration. The voices of immigrants are brought to the forefront in a poignant selection of primary source documents, and a glossary and "who’s who" provides students with additional context for the people and concepts featured in the text.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of American immigration history and immigration policy history.
Table of Contents
PART I: Analysis and Assessment 1. Migration to the British Colonies 2. Immigration during the Early National and Antebellum Eras 3. Immigration during the Late Nineteenth Century 4. The Road to Restriction 5. Immigration under the National Origins Acts 6. Immigration during the Late Twentieth Century 7. Immigration at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century PART II: Documents
Kristen L. Anderson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Webster University, USA where she specializes in the history of immigration, slavery, and the Civil War.