In the Shadow of the 1924 Immigration Act: FDR, Immigration and Race

  title={In the Shadow of the 1924 Immigration Act: FDR, Immigration and Race},
  author={Kevin L. Yuill},
  journal={Immigrants \& Minorities},
  pages={183 - 205}
Franklin Roosevelt often receives accolades for pushing the USA towards a more liberal stance on race and immigration, even if his administration remained aloof from civil rights or immigration reforms. This article questions that contention. Roosevelt, who presided over the period of the lowest immigration in the twentieth century, relied upon the break in immigration imposed by the 1924 Act (and the Depression) to consolidate a national culture based on ‘Nordic’ symbols, effectively carrying… Expand
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