Katherine Benton-Cohen is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University.
Historians have long understood that 'immigrants were American history.' This book is a timely reminder that immigrants are also America's present and future. By locating the development of immigration rules in the global context of the early twentieth century and in domestic conflicts over race, ethnicity, and religion, Benton-Cohen demonstrates the mix of 'simultaneous suspicion and celebration' of migrants that remains at the core of today's conflicts.--Judith Resnik, Yale Law School An innovative interpretation of how the production of knowledge about immigration a century ago not only generated support for immigration restriction but also deepened the federal government's reliance on social science research to support policymaking, thereby shaping views of immigration for the next century. I enthusiastically recommend this book.--Donna R. Gabaccia, author of Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective