Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens And The Making Of Modern America
  • Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens And The Making Of Modern America
  • Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens And The Making Of Modern America
ISBN: 0691160821
EAN13: 9780691160825
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 27, 2014
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9.2" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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While vernacular discussion of the so-called 'illegal alien' in the United States has generally fixed on the alien side of the equation, Mae Ngai's luminous new book focuses rather on the illegal--the bureaucratic and ideological machinery within legislatures and the courts--that has created a very particular kind of pariah group. Impossible subjects is a beautifully executed and important contribution: judicious yet impassioned, crisply written, eye-opening, and at moments fully devastating. All of which is to say, brilliant. Would that such a story need not be told.--Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University, author of Barbarian Virtues: the United states Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917

In Impossible Subjects' Mae Ngai has written a stunning history of U.S. immigration policy and practice in that often forgotten period, 1924-1965. Employing rich archival evidence and case studies, Ngai marvelously shows how immigration law was used as a tool to fashion American racial policy particularly toward Asians and Mexicans though the differential employment of concepts such as illegal aliens, national origins, and racial ineligibility to citizenship. For those weaned on the liberal rhetoric of an immigrant America this will be a most eye-opening read.--Ramon A. Gutierrez, author, When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Read More chevron_right

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