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Inventing the immigration problem : the Dillingham Commission and its legacy

Author: Katherine Benton-Cohen
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1907 the U.S. Congress created a joint commission to investigate what many Americans saw as a national crisis: an unprecedented number of immigrants flowing into the United States. Experts--women and men trained in the new field of social science--fanned out across the country to collect data on these fresh arrivals. The trove of information they amassed shaped how Americans thought about immigrants, themselves,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Benton-Cohen
ISBN: 9780674976443 0674976444
OCLC Number: 1002820245
Description: 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The professor and the Commission --
The gentlemen's agreement --
Hebrew or Jewish is simply a religion --
The vanishing American wage earner --
Women's power and knowledge --
The American type --
Not a question of too many immigrants --
Epilogue --
Dillingham Commission members and selected staff --
Dillingham Commission reports.
Responsibility: Katherine Benton-Cohen.

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The Dillingham Commission-created by Congress in 1907 to collect data on a perceived immigration problem-remains the largest U.S. immigration study ever conducted. Katherine Benton-Cohen shows that  Read more...

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