Not Fit for Our Society

Immigration and Nativism in America

Peter Schrag

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In a book of deep and telling ironies, Peter Schrag provides essential background for understanding the fractious debate over immigration. Covering the earliest days of the Republic to current events, Schrag sets the modern immigration controversy within the context of three centuries of debate over the same questions about who exactly is fit for citizenship. He finds that nativism has long colored our national history, and that the fear—and loathing—of newcomers has provided one of the faultlines of American cultural and political life. Schrag describes the eerie similarities between the race-based arguments for restricting Irish, German, Slav, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese immigrants in the past and the arguments for restricting Latinos and others today. He links the terrible history of eugenic "science" to ideas, individuals, and groups now at the forefront of the fight against rational immigration policies. Not Fit for Our Society makes a powerful case for understanding the complex, often paradoxical history of immigration restriction as we work through the issues that inform, and often distort, the debate over who can become a citizen, who decides, and on what basis.

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america, historical nonfiction, italian immigrants, political issues, fear and change, race and immigration, german immigrants, current events, immigration, american society, latino immigrants, immigrants, students and teachers, modern immigration, jewish immigrants, immigration debate, american citizenship, controversial, chinese immigrants, irish immigrants, nativism, us history, united states, american culture, american history, immigration policies, politics, discussion books, social change