Lecture 08 - 14 Feb - Lecture Outline, 2/14/08 Roots of...

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Lecture Outline, 2/14/08 Roots of American Exceptionalism Competing values / ideologies Immigration case study Background on anti-immigrant movements Huntington – Menand debate Parties and the immigration debate
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Roots of American Exceptionalism Tocqueville: “Born equal” Immigrants did not bring class divisions Plentiful land Lack of rigid hierarchies (unlike Europe) Lack of revolutionary tradition and lack of “conservative” tradition
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Competing Values / Ideologies Religious exclusivity Belief in racial / ethnic group superiority Classical republicanism / communitarianism Deny individual is basic unit of society Suspicious of outsiders; fear “corruption” There is a “public interest”
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Background on Anti-Immigrant Movements American Party (Know Nothings) Response to Irish Catholics’ arrival Proposed sharp limits on immigration; only native born could hold office; only Protestants to teach in schools Big election wins, 1854-55 Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), National Origins Act (1924)
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Lecture 08 - 14 Feb - Lecture Outline, 2/14/08 Roots of...

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