Ellis Island Nation

Examining the shift between American immigrant policy between 1924 and 1964, Ellis Island Nation traces the emergence of "contributionism," the belief that the newcomers from eastern and southern Europe contributed important cultural and economic benefits to American society.

Ellis Island Nation
Immigration Policy and American Identity in the Twentieth Century

Robert L. Fleegler

2013 | 280 pages | Cloth $49.95 | Paper $27.50
American History | Public Policy
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Beginning of the Era of Restriction
Chapter 2. Contributionism in the Prewar Period
Chapter 3. The Quest for Tolerance and Unity
Chapter 4. How Much Did the War Change America?
Chapter 5. The Reemergence of Contributionism
Chapter 6. The Cold War and Religious Unity
Chapter 7. The Triumph of Contributionism
Epilogue: "How great to be an American and something else as well"