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Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy

Hidetaka Hirota

Abstract

This book examines the origins of immigration restriction in the United States, especially deportation policy. Based on an analysis of immigration policies in major American coastal states, including New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Louisiana, and California, it provides the first sustained study of immigration control conducted by states prior to the introduction of federal immigration law in the late nineteenth century. The influx of impoverished Irish immigrants over the first half of the nineteenth century led nativists in New York and Massachusetts to develop policies for ... More

Keywords: American immigration law, deportation, immigration control, American state development, nativism, Irish diaspora, Irish potato famine, poverty, Atlantic world, global migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190619213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190619213.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hidetaka Hirota, author
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, City College of New York