Book cover of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924 - 1965 by Jia Lynn Yang
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One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924 – 1965

A sweeping history of the twentieth-century battle to reform American immigration laws that set the stage for today’s roiling debates.

The idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants is at the core of the American narrative. But in 1924, Congress instituted a system of ethnic quotas so stringent that it choked off large-scale immigration for decades, sharply curtailing arrivals from southern and eastern Europe and outright banning those from nearly all of Asia.  […Learn More]