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- DescriptionThis 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 architecture, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, differential treatment of European and n-European migrants, and long-term effects. She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, remapped America both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation's contiguous land borders and their patrol.
- Author BiographyMae M. Ngai is professor of history and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies at Columbia University. Her books include The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America.
- PrizesWinner of OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award 2005 and American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society 2004 and Immigration and Ethnic History Society: Theodore Saloutos Book Award 2004. Commended for Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award 2005. Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2004. Joint winner for Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS): History Award 2004 and Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize 2004.
- Author(s)Mae M. Ngai
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication02/05/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitlePolitics and Society in Modern America
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note14 halftones. 3 line illus. 6 tables.
- Weight571 g
- Width152 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Foreword byMae M. Ngai
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementRevised & updated ed
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