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Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas
Culling the Masses questions the widely held view that in the long run democracy and racism cannot coexist. David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin show that democracies were the first countries in the Americas to select immigrants by race, and undemocratic states the first to outlaw discrimination. Through analysis of legal records from twenty-two countries between ...more
Hardcover, 501 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Harvard University Press
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We think about immigration policies in democracies as liberal, but many nations in this hemisphere share a racial bias in thinking who they want as workers and citizens. Te US is first with restrictions, but that puts pressures on other nations, as immigrant denied access to the US will go to other nation in the hemisphere. So our laws influence other nations' legal systems. Yet as the same time to biases push people to think about anti-racist practices. Nations vary in how they address these ...more