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A Nation of Immigrants


  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521517997

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  • Immigration makes America what it is and is formative for what it will become. America was settled by three different models of immigration, all of which persist to the present. The Virginia Colony largely equated immigration with the arrival of laborers, who had few rights. Massachusetts welcomed those who shared the religious views of the founders but excluded those whose beliefs challenged the prevailing orthodoxy. Pennsylvania valued pluralism, becoming the most diverse colony in religion, language, and culture. This book traces the evolution of these three models of immigration as they explain the historical roots of current policy debates and options. Arguing that the Pennsylvania model has best served the country, the final chapter makes recommendations for future immigration reform. Given the highly controversial nature of immigration in the United States, this book provides thoughtful analysis, valuable to both academic and policy audiences.

    • Immigration has always been a controversial public policy issue; this book provides the historical perspective
    • Understanding the evolution of current policies and trends in immigration is essential to formulating sound future policies
    • The author has had key roles in commissions that advised Congress and the President on immigration reform, informing her analysis of the past and prescriptions for the future
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521517997
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 161 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. 'Gentlemen, tradesmen, serving-men, libertines'
    3. 'A city upon a hill'
    4. 'The seed of the nation'
    5. Immigration and the formation of the republic
    6. Building a nation:
    7. The golden door:
    8. The triumph of restrictionism:
    9. Turning inward:
    10. 'A nation of immigrants':
    11. A nation of refuge
    12. The Pennsylvania model at risk:
    13. Looking ahead.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Encounters
    • Asylum Law
    • Center for Immigrants' Rights/ Asylum & Refugee Law
    • Coming to America: the American Immigrant Experience
    • Ethnology of Immigrant Life
    • Immigrant America
    • Immigrant Child Advocacy Project
    • Immigration Debates in the United States
    • Immigration Law
    • Immigration Law & Policy
    • Immigration Law Clinic
    • Immigration Law Survey Course
    • Immigration and Citizenship
    • Immigration and Ethnicity in U.S. History
    • Immigration and Human Rights
    • Immigration and Nationality Law
    • Introduction to History: Coming to America
    • Refugee and Immigrant Perspectives
    • Transnational Legal Clinic
    • U.S. Immigration History
    • US History to 1865
  • Author

    Susan F. Martin, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Susan Martin holds the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and serves as the Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr Martin also directs the university's Program on Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the president on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. Her publications include Refugee Women; The Uprooted; Beyond the Gateway (ed.); Managing Migration: The Promise of Cooperation; Mexico-US Migration Management (ed.); Women, Migration and Conflict: Breaking a Deadly Cycle (ed.); and numerous monographs and articles on immigration and refugee policy. Dr Martin earned her MA and PhD in the history of American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in history from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She is the immediate past President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration and serves on the U.S. Comptroller General's Advisory Board, the Academic Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration, and the Board of the Advocacy Project.

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