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Impossible subjects : illegal aliens and the making of modern America.

Author: Mae M Ngai
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.
Series: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U.S. immigration policy-a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. Mae Ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the 1920s-its statutory  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ngai, Mae M.
Impossible Subjects.
Princeton : Princeton University Press 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mae M Ngai
ISBN: 9781400850235 1400850231 1306513723 9781306513722 9781400843626 1400843626
OCLC Number: 874097179
Awards: Award: Frederick Jackson Turner Award, 2005.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction : Illegal aliens : a problem of law and history --
pt. 1. The regime of quotas and papers --
1. The Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 and the reconstruction of race in immigration law --
2. Deportation policy and the making and unmaking of illegal aliens --
pt. 2. Migrants at the margins of law and nation --
3. From Colonial subject to undesirable alien : Filipino migration in the invisible empire --
4. Braceros, "wetbacks," and the national boundaries of class --
pt. 3. War, nationalism, and alien citizenship --
5. The World War II internment of Japanese Americans and the citizenship renunciation cases --
6. The Cold War Chinese immigration crisis and the confession cases --
pt. 4. Pluralism and nationalism in post-World War II immigration reform --
7. The liberal critique and reform of immigration policy --
Epilogue --
Appendix --
Notes --
Archival and other primary sources.
Series Title: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.

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Winner of the 2005 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize, American Studies Association Winner of the 2005 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians Honorable Mention for Read more...

 
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