The Antiracist Origin of the Quota System

Ly, Son-Thierry; Weil, Patrick
March 2010
Social Research;Spring2010, Vol. 77 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
The article considers the history of the United States' immigration quota system between 1880 and 1930. Some of the legislation considered includes three Asiatic exclusion laws: the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Law, the 1907 Gentlemen's Agreement, and the 1917 Asiatic Barred Zone; as well as the 1921 Emergency Quota Act and the 1924 National Origins Quotas Act. The authors consider the impact of three policymakers: U.S. civil servant specializing in immigration William Walter Husband, American missionary to Japan Sydney Lewis Gulick, and U.S. Senator from Vermont William Paul Dillingham, chairman of the Senate Immigration Committee. Other subjects include the Immigration Restriction League, the Progressive Era, and eugenics.


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