Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965 - Critical Studies in Italian America (Hardback)Danielle Battisti (author)
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Whom We Shall Welcome examines World War II immigration of Italians to the United States, an under-studied period in Italian immigration history. Danielle Battisti looks at efforts by Italian American organizations to foster Italian immigration along with the lobbying efforts of Italian Americans to change the quota laws. While Italian Americans (and other white ethnics) had attained virtual political and social equality with many other groups of older-stock Americans by the end of the war, Italians continued to be classified as undesirable immigrants. Her work is an important contribution toward understanding the construction of Italian American racial/ethnic identity in this period, the role of ethnic groups in U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War era, and the history of the liberal immigration reform movement that led to the 1965 Immigration Act.
Whom We Shall Welcome makes significant contributions to histories of migration and ethnicity, post-World War II liberalism, and immigration policy.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
...a relevant contribution in reassessing Italian Americans' ethnic and racial identity as well as their participation in both the politicking of the Cold War and the movement to amend Washington's immigration policies. * H-Italy *
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