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A Nation by Design

Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. From Empire to Republic
  • 3. An Acquisitive Upstart
  • 4. The American System
  • 5. Tocqueville’s Footnote
  • 6. Seward’s Other Follies
  • 7. “An Intelligent and Effective Restriction”
  • 8. A Nation Like the Others
  • 9. The Ambiguitites of Reform
  • 10. The Elusive Quest of Coherence
  • 11. Why the Gates Were Not Shut
  • Conclusion: Natural Design in a Globalizing World
  • Appendix: Immigration Graphs
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Honorable Mention, 2007 Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights
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