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In The Name of LiberalismIlliberal Social Policy in the USA and Britain$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296290.001.0001

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‘The Gravest Menace?’ American Immigration Policy

‘The Gravest Menace?’ American Immigration Policy

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(p.97) 4 ‘The Gravest Menace?’ American Immigration Policy
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In The Name of Liberalism
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DOI:10.1093/0198296290.003.0006

King uses historical archival research to examine American immigration policy's formulation between 1900 and 1930, and illustrates how racial quotas and eugenic categories shaped restrictions on immigration. He especially focuses on the influence of eugenic arguments upon legislation in the 1920s. Moreover, King explores the illiberal implications and effects of criteria outlining who were suitable immigrants and who were not: measures that compromised the US’ traditional commitment to the equality of treatment.

Keywords:   equality, eugenics, immigration policy, liberalism, racial quota, USA

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