Indigestible Food, Conquering Hordes, and Waste Materials: Metaphors of Immigrants and the Early Immigration Restriction Debate in the United States

  title={Indigestible Food, Conquering Hordes, and Waste Materials: Metaphors of Immigrants and the Early Immigration Restriction Debate in the United States},
  author={G. V. O'brien},
  journal={Metaphor and Symbol},
  pages={33 - 47}
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