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America Classifies the Immigrants

From Ellis Island to the 2020 Census

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$46.50 • £37.95 • €42.00

ISBN 9780674425057

Publication Date: 03/26/2018


464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 line illustration, 2 tables


  • Introduction
  • Part One: The List of Races and Peoples
    • 1. Creating and Refining the List, 1898–1906
    • 2. Immigration—Especially European—through the Lens of Race
    • 3. First Struggles over the List: Jewish Challenges and the Federal Defense, 1899–1903
    • 4. The United States Immigration Commission, 1907–1911
    • 5. Urging the List on the U.S. Census Bureau, 1908–1910
    • 6. The Census Bureau Goes Its Own Way: Race, Nationality, and Mother Tongue, 1910–1916
  • Part Two: Institutionalizing Race Distinctions in American Immigration Law
    • 7. The Second Quota Act, 1924
    • 8. Immigration Law for White Races and Others: Three Episodes
  • Part Three: The Ethnic Group: Formulation and Diffusion of an American Concept, to 1964
    • 9. From “Race” to “Ethnic Group”: Organizing Concepts in American Studies of Immigrants, to 1964
    • 10. From Social Science to the Federal Bureaucracy? Limited Diffusion of the “Ethnic Group” Concept through the Early 1950s
  • Part Four: Incorporating the Legacies of the Civil Rights Era and Mass Immigration from the Third World
    • 11. Race and the Immigrant in Federal Statistics since 1965
    • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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