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Culling the masses : the democratic origins of racist immigration policy in the Americas

Author: David FitzGerald; David Cook-Martín
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
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Culling the Masses questions the widely held view that in the long run democracy and racism cannot coexist. David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin show that democracies were the first countries in the Americas to select immigrants by race, and undemocratic states the first to outlaw discrimination. Through analysis of legal records from twenty-two countries between 1790 and 2010, the authors present a history  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David FitzGerald; David Cook-Martín
ISBN: 9780674729049 0674729048
OCLC Number: 861478428
Awards: Winner of ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award 2016
Commended for Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award 2015
Nominated for James Willard Hurst Prize 2015
Nominated for Allan Sharlin Memorial Award 2015
Nominated for Best Book Award in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 2015
Nominated for Bryce Wood Book Award 2014
Description: xiii, 501 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The organizational landscape : from eugenics to anti-racism --
The United States : paragon of liberal democracy and racism --
Canada : between neighbor and empire --
Cuba : whitening an island --
Mexico : selecting those who never came --
Brazil : selling the myth of racial democracy --
Argentina : crucible of European nations? --
Appendix: Ethnic selection in sixteen countries.
Responsibility: David Scott FitzGerald, David Cook-Martín.


Culling the Masses questions the view that democracy and racism cannot coexist. Based on records from 22 countries 1790-2010, it offers a history of the rise and fall of racial selection in the  Read more...


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