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Immigrants Out!: The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States

Immigrants Out!: The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States

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An original anthology of essays illuminating the role of nativism in America's history

Nativism--an intense opposition to immigrants and other non- native members of society--has been deeply imbedded in the American character from the earliest days of the nation. Correspondingly, nativism, overtly or covertly, has always permeated our national discourse. Dating from the Alien and Sedition controversy of 1798 to California's recent Proposition 187, nativism has long been a driving force in policy making, a particular irony in a country founded and populated by immigrants.

This anthology of original essays is informed at its core by George Santayana's famous edict that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Examining the current surge in nativism in light of past waves of anti- immigrant sentiment, the volume takes an unflinchingly critical look at the realities and rhetoric of the new nativism. How can the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II illuminate our understanding of the English Only movement today? How has the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty evolved since its dedication and what can it tell us about the American disposition to immigration? What is the new nativism? What are the semantic and rhetorical similarities, if any, between the most shrill nativist voices of the present, such as Pat Buchanan's or Peter Brimelow's in his widely publicized book Alien Nation, and National Socialist propaganda in 1930s Germany?

Juan Perea has here assembled a truly interdisciplinary group of contributors to emphasize the changing relationship between citizens and immigrants, and the effects of economics, history, and demographics on that relationship. Immigrants Out! provides a needed antidote to the often poisonous attacks on America's most vulnerable.

Author: Juan F. Perea
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 11/01/1996
Pages: 358
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.38lbs
Size: 9.96h x 7.00w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780814766422

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 02/15/1997 pg. 152
Library Journal 02/01/1997

About the Author
Perea, Juan F.: - Juan F. Perea is Professor of Law at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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