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Bibliografic Details

  • Editor: Carl L. Bankston III. Pasadena, California, University of Tulane
  • Publisher: Salem Press
  • Date of Publishing: 2010
  • Number of Vols: 3 vols.
  • Pages: 1.000
  • ISBN: 978-1-58765-599-9
  • Note: Online access included with purchase of print.

Reviews and Descriptions

Review from ABA

“This collection is aimed at high school and undergraduate students seeking context on issues relating to immigration, both historical and contemporary. The stated goal in the Introduction
is “to answer all the questions about immigration in American history that students are likely to ask” . Each essay begins with a brief definition, a date, when appropriate, and a statement of significance before the topic is discussed in greater detail. This format is helpful for students who want to quickly determine the “what, when, and why” before deciding whether to read further.

The 525 entries are concise (ranging from 300 to 3000 words), easily comprehensible, and largely jargon-free. About one-third provide overviews of broad subjects such as Art, Labor,
or Television. These topical essays highlight immigrants’ experiences and contributions within these fields. There is also treatment of specific national groups (Cambodians, Italians,
Haitians, etc.), histories of U.S. States, and discussions of significant laws, treaties, and court cases. In choice of content the volumes under review are hardly groundbreaking, many
of the same topics appear in the publication Immigration in U.S. History (Salem Press, 2006) also edited by Dr. Bankston.

The present work is both more up-to-date, and, on the whole, better written. The writing style reflects the goal of anticipating and answering questions. The authors have done an
admirable job distilling complex topics so as to make them readily understandable. Every essay concludes with a selective bibliography for students who wish to explore the topic
further. Useful appendixes include an annotated list of U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a chronology of federal laws on immigration (up to 2009), and descriptions of federal government
agencies concerned with immigration.

Salem Press is offering purchasers of the print set free access to the online version through 12/31/2011. Libraries that purchase the print and wish to use the online can do so via IP
authentication, a referring URL, or username/password access.

Access outside the library can be granted with a Remote Access password. After 2011, there is a $100 annual hosting fee which is waived for libraries that purchase a new title in the Salem
History collection. Additional details about Salem Online at: https://salempress.com/Store/pages/salem_online.htm.

The online version includes all the content of the print, with the obvious advantage of full-text searching. The topical categories from the print index are reproduced allowing users to scan for essays grouped under broad headings (Court Cases, Health, Economics, or Politics, for example). The helpful appendixes and indexes are included and the crossreferences
are conveniently hyperlinked.

While no single work can possibly answer all questions about immigration, the editors have succeeded in compiling a collection that meets student needs. The inclusion of online
access increases the appeal to students who may be reluctant to consult print reference works.

Eric Novotny, Humanities Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Publisher Description

The set covers the full breadth of American immigration history in 525 alphabetically arranged and easy-to-understand articles.

Designed for and written to be understood by high school students and college undergraduates, Encyclopedia of American Immigration offers a clear and innovative approach to immigration history that can also be used by advanced students and scholars.

The goal of the set is to address all questions about immigration that students might reasonably be expected to ask: Where immigrants have come from and why; how they have adapted to their new homeland; how they have contributed to American culture and society; how government policies toward them have changed; practical issues of legal and social integration; and how American immigration history has fit into worldwide migration patterns.

One-third of the essays are overviews covering broad issues ranging from accent discrimination to AIDS, world migration patterns, and xenophobia. The next large category of essays might be considered the set’s core: 70 articles on specific ethnic and national immigrant groups. Each of these essays outlines its group’s immigration history, emphasizing what has made each group unique.

Other important essays cover events, laws and treaties, organizations and institutions, and Supreme Court rulings on immigration.

In addition, every state in the union has its own essay, averaging nearly 1,000 words in length, and a table summarizing demographic data. Ten cities with particularly large immigrant populations are also subjects of essays.

Lastly, the set has articles on 45 individual persons, most of whom were post-independence-era immigrants who had a significant impact on the United States. These range from U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who came from Czechoslovakia, and the Dominican-born writer Julia Alvarez to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian bodybuilder and actor who became governor of California. All these essays focus on the experiences of their subjects as immigrants.

Encyclopedia of American Immigration is organized and formatted to be student friendly. Essays are arranged alphabetically under the headwords students are most likely to seek, and finding aids are offered in the form of textual cross-references (e.g., “McCarran-Walter Act. See Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952”), “See also” cross-references at the end of each essay, a category list in volume 3, and a complete list of contents in every volume.

Individual essays use the same types of ready-reference top matter for which Salem reference works are noted, and every essay begins with a brief summary of its topic’s significance in American immigration history. Every essay, regardless of length, has a “Further Reading” list, and bibliographical citations in essays of 1,000 or more words are annotated.

Volume 3 also has an annotated general bibliography, a glossary of immigration terms, a filmography, and a lengthy time line. In addition, users will find a categorized list of entries, an index of personages and a general subject index.

Table of Contents

Abolition movement
Accent discrimination
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Affirmative action
African Americans and European immigrants
African immigrants
Afroyim v. Rusk
Albright, Madeleine
Alien and Sedition Acts
Alien land laws
Alvarez, Julia
Amerasian children
Amerasian Homecoming Act
American Colonization Society
American Jewish Committee
American Protectivist Association
Americanization programs
Angel Island immigration station
Angell’s Treaty
Anti-Chinese movement
Anti-Defamation League
Anti-Filipino violence
Anti-Japanese movement
Antimiscegenation laws
Antin, Mary
Arab immigrants
Argentine immigrants
Asakura v. City of Seattle
Asian American Legal Defense Fund
Asian American literature
Asian immigrants
Asian Indian immigrants
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Asiatic Barred Zone
Asiatic Exclusion League
Assimilation theories
Association of Indians in America
Astor, John Jacob
Au pairs
Australian and New Zealander immigrants
Austrian immigrants
Aviation and Transportation Security Act

Bayard-Zhang Treaty
Belgian immigrants
Bell, Alexander Graham
Bellingham incident
Berger v. Bishop
Berlin, Irving
Bilingual education
Bilingual Education Act of 1968
Birth control movement
Border fence
Border Patrol
Born in East L.A.
Boutilier v. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Bracero program
“Brain drain”
Brazilian immigrants
British immigrants
Bureau of Immigration
Burlingame Treaty
Burmese immigrants

Cable Act
California gold rush
Cambodian immigrants
Canada vs. the U.S. as immigrant destinations
Canadian immigrants
Capitation taxes
Captive Thai workers
Censuses, U.S.
Center for Immigration Studies
Chae Chan Ping v. United States
Chain migration
Chang Chan v. Nagle
Cheung Sum Shee v. Nagle
Chicano movement
Child immigrants
Chilean immigrants
Chin Bak Kan v. United States
Chinese American Citizens Alliance
Chinese American press
Chinese boycott of 1905
Chinese Exclusion Act
Chinese Exclusion Cases
Chinese family associations
Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance
Chinese immigrants
Chinese laundries
Chinese secret societies
Chinese Six Companies
Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992
Christian missionaries
Chy Lung v. Freeman
Citizens Committee to Repeal Chinese Exclusion
Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S.
Civil Rights movement
Civil War, immigrants in
Clotilde slave ship
Coal industry
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Coast Guard, U.S.
Colombian immigrants
Commission on Civil Rights, U.S.
Commission on Immigration Reform, U.S.
Congress, U.S., and immigration laws
Constitution, U.S.
Contract Labor Law of 1885
Contract labor systems
Credit-ticket system
Criminal immigrants
Cuban immigrants
Cultural pluralism
Czech and Slovakian immigrants

Dallas, Texas
Danticat, Edwidge
Dillingham Commission report
Disaster recovery, immigrants in
Discrimination, racial and ethnic
Displaced Persons Act of 1948
District of Columbia
Domestic workers
Dominican immigrants
Draft laws
Drug trafficking and immigration
Dual citizenship
Due process protections
Dutch immigrants

Economic consequences of immigration
Economic opportunities in America
Ecuadorian immigrants
Einstein, Albert
El Paso incident
El Rescate
Elected office holders, immigrant
Ellis Island
Emigration Convention of 1886
Emigration of Americans
Empressario land grants in Texas
Enclave economies
English as a second language education
English-only and official English movements
Erie Canal
Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-1918
Ethnic enclaves
Ethnic stereotyping
European immigrants
European revolutions of 1848
Exchange students
Exeter incident

Families and immigration
Family businesses
Farm and migrant workers
Federation for American Immigration Reform
Fenian risings
Fiancees Act of 1946
Filipino American press
Filipino immigrants
Filipino Repatriation Act of 1935
Films about immigrants and immigration
Florida illegal immigrant suit
Fong Yue Ting v. United States
Foreign language instruction in schools
Foreign Miners’ Tax
Foreign students
Former Soviet nation immigrants
Frankfurter, Felix
Freedom Airlift
French immigrants
Fujii Sei v. State of California

Galvan v. Press
Garment industry
Garvey, Marcus
Gay and lesbian immigrants
Geary Act of 1892
Genealogical research
Gentlemen’s Agreement
German American press
German immigrants
Globalization and immigration
Godfather trilogy
Golden Venture grounding off New York
Goldman, Emma
Gompers, Samuel
González, Elian, case
Gospel Society
Graham v. Richardson
Great Depression
Great Irish famine
Greek immigrants
Green Card
Green cards
Gresham-Yang Treaty
Guatemalan immigrants
Guest-worker programs

Haitian boat people
Haitian immigrants
Hamburg-Amerika shipping line
Hampton v. Wong Mow Sun
Hansen effect
Hayakawa, S. I.
Head Money Cases
Health care
Helsinki Watch
Henderson v. Mayor of City of New York
Higher education
History of U.S. immigration, 1620-1783
History of U.S. immigration, 1783-1891
History of U.S. immigration, 1891-present
Hmong immigrants
Homeland Security, Department of
Homestead Act of 1862
Honduran immigrants
Hong Kong immigrants
Houston, Texas
Huffington, Arianna
Humanitarian Operation
Hungarian immigrants

I Remember Mama
Identification assimilation
Illegal aliens
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
Immigrant, The
Immigrant advantage
Immigrant aid organizations
Immigration Act of 1882
Immigration Act of 1891
Immigration Act of 1903
Immigration Act of 1907
Immigration Act of 1917
Immigration Act of 1921
Immigration Act of 1924
Immigration Act of 1943
Immigration Act of 1990
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha
Immigration Commission, U.S.
Immigration Convention of 1886
Immigration law
Immigration lawyers
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
Immigration waves
In re Ah Chong
In re Ah Fong
In re Look Tin Sing
In re Tiburcio Parrott
Indentured servitude
Indian Asian immigrants
Indo-Chinese boat people
Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975
Indonesian immigrants
Industrial Revolution
Industrial Workers of the World
Infectious diseases
Intelligence testing
Intermarriage between immigrants and American citizens
International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union
Iranian immigrants
Irish immigrants
Iron and steel industry
Israeli immigrants
Italian American press
Italian immigrants

Jamaican immigrants
Japanese American Citizens League
Japanese American internment
Japanese American press
Japanese immigrants
Japanese Peruvian immigrants
Jewish immigrants
Jordan v. Tashiro
Jungle, The

Kissinger, Henry
Know-Nothing Party
Korean immigrants
Korean War and immigration
Ku Klux Klan

Labor unions
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Land laws, federal
Language issues
Laotian immigrants
Latin American immigrants
Lau v. Nichols
League of United Latin American Citizens
Lem Moon Sing v. United States
Lennon, John
Lim, Shirley Geok-lin
Linguistic contributions of immigrants
Literacy tests
Literature of emigration and immigration
Little Havana
Little Italies
Little Tokyos
Los Angeles
Loyalty oaths
Luce-Celler Bill of 1946

McCarran (Internal Security) Act of 1950
McCreary Amendment of 1893
Machine politics
Magnuson Act of 1943
Mail-order brides
Malaysian immigrants
Mariel boatlift
“Marriages of convenience”
Masakoka v. State of California
Melting pot theory
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Mexican deportations
Mexican immigrants
Mexican Revolution and the United States
“Middle man” minorities
Migrant superordination
Military conscription of immigrants
Mississippi River
“Model” minorities
Molly Maguires
“Moral turpitude”
Motel industry
Muir, John
Mukherjee, Bharati
Municipal politics
Muslim immigrants
My Antonia

Name changing
A Nation of Immigrants
National Road
Native Americans, origins of
Native Sons of the Golden State
Natural disasters as push and pull factors
Naturalization Act of 1790
New Hampshire
New Harmony
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York City
New York State
Nguyen v. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Nicaraguan immigrants
9/11 and U.S. immigration policy
Nishimura Ekiu v. United States
North American Free Trade Agreement
North Carolina
North Dakota

Occupations and incomes
Operation Wetback
Orderly Departure Program
Oyama v. California
Ozawa v. United States

Pacific Island immigrants
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Page Law
Pakistani immigrants
Paper sons
“Parachute children”
Passenger tax law, California’s
Patriot Act
Pei, I. M.
Permanent resident status
Peruvian immigrants
Philadelphia anti-Irish riots
Picture brides
Pilgrims and Puritans
Pinkerton, Allan
Plyler v. Doe
Polish immigrants
Political parties
Ponzi, Charles
Portuguese immigrants
Powderly, Terence V.
Presidential elections
Primary and secondary migration
Prisoners of war in the United States
Progressivism and immigration
Proposition 187
Public Health Service, U.S.
Puerto Rican immigrants
Pulitzer, Joseph
Push and pull factors

Racial and ethnic discrimination
Rapp, George
Reagan v. Abourezk
Red Scare of 1919-1920
Refugee fatigue
Refugee Relief Act of 1953
Religion as a push-pull factor
Religions of immigrants
Remittances of earnings
Resident aliens
Return migration
Rhode Island
Rockne, Knute
Russian and Soviet immigrants

Sacco and Vanzetti trial
Salvadoran immigrants
San Francisco
Sanctuary movement
Santiago, Esmeralda
Scandinavian immigrants
Schurz, Carl
Schwarzenegger, Arnold
Science, immigrant contributions to
Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy
Settlement houses
Settlement patterns
Sidwha, Bapsi
Simon, Julian
Slave trade
Slavery and immigration
Smuggling of immigrants
Snake River massacre
Social networks
Sociedad Progresista Mexicana
South African immigrants
South Carolina
South Dakota
Spanish immigrants
Spanish-language press
Sponsorship of immigrants
State and local laws and immigration
Statue of Liberty
Stereotypes of immigrants
Supreme Court, U.S., and immigration law
Swiss immigrants

Taiwanese immigrants
Tammany Hall
Taxation, discriminatory
Television and radio broadcasting for immigrant communities
Tesla, Nikola
Texas “Cart War”
Thai immigrants
Tocqueville, Alexis de
Transit aliens
Transportation of immigrants
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
Turkish immigrants

U.S. Catholic Charities
“Undesirable aliens”
Undocumented workers
United Farm Workers
United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind
United States v. Ju Toy
United States v. Wong Kim Ark
Universal Negro Improvement Association

Venezuelan immigrants
Vietnam War and immigration
Vietnamese immigrants
Voting rights and patterns

War brides
War Brides Act
Washington State
Washington, D.C.
Welfare and social services
West Indian immigrants
West Virginia
Westward expansion
Women immigrants
Women’s movement
Wong Wing v. United States
World migration patterns
World War I and immigration
World War II and immigration

Yellow Peril campaign
Yezierska, Anzia
Yick Wo v. Hopkins
Yugoslav state immigrants
Zadvydas v. Davis

Bibliography of General Works on Immigration
Biographical Directory of Notable Immigrants
Court Decisions
Federal Immigration Laws
Glossary of Immigration Terms
Government Agencies
Immigration Advocacy and Research Organizations
Time line
Web Sites

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