American Immigration

Paperback | April 15, 1992

byMaldwyn Allen Jones

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Immigration, writes Maldwyn Allen Jones, was America's historic raison d'être. Reminding us that the history of immigration to the United States is also the history of emigration from somewhere else, Mr. Jones considers the forces that uprooted emigrants from their homes in different parts of the world and analyzes the social, economic, and psychological adjustments that American life demanded of them—adjustments essentially the same for the Jamestown settlers and for Vietnamese refugees. As well as measuring the impact of America on the lives of the sixty million or so immigrants who have arrived since 1607, he assesses their role in industrialization, the westward movement, labor organization, politics, foreign policy, the growth of American nationalism, and the theory and practice of democracy.

In this new edition, Jones brings his history of immigration to the United States up to 1990. His new chapter covers the major changes in immigration patterns caused by changes in legislation, such as the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

"It is done with a grasp of regional, chronological, national and racial information, plus that 'feel' for the situation which can come only from the vast resources and a gift for interpretation."—A. T. DeGroot, Christian Century

"A scholarly contribution, based on a thorough mastery of the subject."—Carl Wittke, Journal of Southern History 

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Immigration, writes Maldwyn Allen Jones, was America's historic raison d'etre. Reminding us that the history of immigration to the United States is also the history of emigration from somewhere else, Mr. Jones considers the forces that uprooted emigrants from their homes in different parts of the world and analyzes the social, economic...

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Immigration, writes Maldwyn Allen Jones, was America's historic raison d'être. Reminding us that the history of immigration to the United States is also the history of emigration from somewhere else, Mr. Jones considers the forces that uprooted emigrants from their homes in different parts of the world and analyzes the social, economic...

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Immigration, writes Maldwyn Allen Jones, was America's historic raison d'etre. Reminding us that the history of immigration to the United States is also the history of emigration from somewhere else, Mr. Jones considers the forces that uprooted emigrants from their homes in different parts of the world and analyzes the social, economic...

Maldwyn Allen Jones is Commonwealth Fund Professor Emeritus of American history at the University of London.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:361 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.2 inPublished:April 15, 1992Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226406334

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword to the Second Edition
Editor's Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
I. American Foundations, 1607-1776
II. Ethnic Discord and the Growth of American Nationality, 1685-1790
III.  The New Nation and Its Immigrants, 1783-1815
IV The Rise of Mass Immigration, 1815-60
V   Patterns of Distribution and of Adjustment, 1815-60
VI. Nativism, Sectional Controversy, and Civil War, 1830-65
VII. New Sources of Immigration, 1860-1914
VIII. Immigrants in Industrial America, 1865-1920
IX. The Demand for Restriction, 1882-1924
X. The Consequences of Restriction, 1924-59
XI. The New American Mosaic, 1960-91
Conclusion
Important Dates
Suggested Reading
Additional Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

Immigration, writes Maldwyn Allen Jones, was America's historic raison d'etre. Reminding us that the history of immigration to the United States is also the history of emigration from somewhere else, Mr. Jones considers the forces that uprooted emigrants from their homes in different parts of the world and analyzes the social, economic, and psychological adjustments that American life demanded of them--adjustments essentially the same for the Jamestown settlers and for Vietnamese refugees. As well as measuring the impact of America on the lives of the sixty million or so immigrants who have arrived since 1607, he assesses their role in industrialization, the westward movement, labor organization, politics, foreign policy, the growth of American nationalism, and the theory and practice of democracy.