This anthology of original, specially commissioned essays is informed at its core by George Santayana's famous edict that qThose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.q Examining the current surge in nativism in light of past waves of anti-immigrant sentiment, the volume takes an unflinchingly critical look at the realities and rhetoric of the new nativism. How does nativism inform our understanding of the Official English movement today? How has the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty evolved since its dedication, and what can she tell us about the American disposition to immigration? What is the relationship between the races of immigrants and the perception of a national immigration crisis? To what extent does today's political discourse resemble past discourse we comfortably identify as nativist?a#39;No one wanting to take a responsible potion in contemporary debates over immigration should miss this book.a#39; -- Martha Minow, Harvard Law School.
|Author||:||Juan F. Perea|
|Publisher||:||NYU Press - 1997|