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The men and women we want : gender, race, and the Progressive Era literacy test debate

Author: Jeanne D Petit
Publisher: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2010.
Series: Gender and race in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the publisher. Should immigrants have to pass a literacy test in order to enter the United States? Progressive-Era Americans debated this question for more than twenty years, and by the time the literacy test became law in 1917, the debate had transformed the way Americans understood immigration, and created the logic that shaped immigration restriction policies throughout the twentieth century. Jeanne Petit  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanne D Petit
ISBN: 9781580463485 1580463487
OCLC Number: 491913368
Description: xii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Breeders, workers, and mothers: the beginning of the literacy test debate --
Parents and progeny: the Dillingham Commission Report --
Muscle, miscegenation, and manhood: the literacy test at the height of the progressive era --
Practical aid and sympathetic understanding: Grace Abbott's alternative to the literacy test --
World War I and the literacy test --
The legacy of the progressive era literacy test debate.
Series Title: Gender and race in American history.
Responsibility: Jeanne D. Petit.

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Examines the gendered dimension of Progressive-Era debates about literacy and immigration in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America.  Read more...

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Jeanne D. Petit's new monograph on Progressive Era debates over immigration restriction through the lens of the literary test is a well-researched, thoughtful, and provocative addition to the Read more...

 
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