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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

This groundbreaking work by Hidetaka Hirota reinterprets the origins of immigration restriction in the United States. Faced with the influx of impoverished Irish immigrants over the first half of the nineteenth century, nativists in Massachusetts and New York developed policies for prohibiting the landing of destitute foreigners and deporting those already resident to Europe, Canada, or other American states. These state-level policies laid the foundations for federal immigration law.

By locating the roots of American immigration control in cultural and economic nativism against the Irish on the nineteenth-century Atlantic seaboard, Expelling the Poor fundamentally revises the history of American immigration policy.

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02215

Sponsor(s): Massachusetts Historical Society
Time(s): 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
Phone: 617-646-0578

Date Added: Friday, September 01, 2017
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