PU EN AF 360. Immigration and Immigration Policy. 3 Credits.
Americans have come from every corner of the globe, and they have been brought together by a variety of historical processes--conquest, colonialism, the slave trade, territorial acquisition, and voluntary immigration. Immigration, anti-immigration sentiments, and the motivations and experiences of the migrants themselves are examined by looking at the many legal efforts to curb immigration and to define who is and is not an American, ranging from the Naturalization Law of 1795 (which applied only to "free-born white persons") to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, and the reform-minded Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which opened the door to millions of newcomers, the vast majority from Asia and Latin America. Immigration is looked at from the perspective of the migrant--farmers and industrial workers, mechanics and domestics, highly trained professionals and small-business owners--who willingly pulled up stakes for the promise of a better life. The course sheds light on the relationships between race and ethnicity in the formation of American society, and it emphasizes the marked continuities across waves of immigration and across different racial and ethnic groups. The course will offer students the opportunity to develop their own perspective on the long history of calls for stronger immigration laws and the on-going debates over the place of immigrants in American society.
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