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Who is American? Defining Who Belongs Through Immigration and Citizenship Laws Sociology 108 Professor Catherine Lee Week 5
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Agenda • Immigration history and the challenges to creating an “American” nat’l identity • Are all immigrants assimilable? • Irish achievement of whiteness • Immigration restrictions • Eugenics movement • Immigration and citizenship laws Ozawa v. U.S. (1922); Thind v. U.S. (1923)
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Assimilation • To “render similar” • Process by which immigrants or minority groups are absorbed into the host or larger community or society • Ethnic assimilation: "the decline, and at its endpoint the disappearance of an ethnic distinction and the cultural and social differences that express it”
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Table 6 Main Sources of European Immigration to the United States, 1841-1860 1841-1850 1851-1860 Belgium 5,074 4,738 Denmark 539 3,749 France 77,262 76,358 Germany 434,626 951,667 Great Britain England 32,092 247,125 Scotland 3,712 38,331 Not Specified 229,979 132,199
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