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ISBN-10: 1541672615
ISBN-13: 9781541672611
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 06/15/2021
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.50" H

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

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This definitive history of American xenophobia is “essential reading for anyone who wants to build a more inclusive society” (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist). The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia. In America for Americans, Erika Lee shows that an irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era. Benjamin Franklin ridiculed Germans for their “strange and foreign ways.” Americans’ anxiety over Irish Catholics turned xenophobia into a national political movement. Chinese immigrants were excluded, Japanese incarcerated, and Mexicans deported. Today, Americans fear Muslims, Latinos, and the so-called browning of America. Forcing us to confront this history, Lee explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America. Now updated with an epilogue reflecting on how the coronavirus pandemic turbocharged xenophobia, America for Americans is an urgent spur to action for any concerned citizen.

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This sweeping account draws parallels between Benjamin Franklin's worry over swarthy Germans herding together in the eighteenth century and Donald Trump's race-baiting today. Xenophobia, Lee argues, has been an indelible American tradition, deployed to social and political ends since the country's founding. A manifesto as much as a history, the book shows how every large immigrant group since Franklin's time-Irish, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern-was scripted by populist demagogues as alien and threatening.–The New Yorker
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ISBN-10: 1541672615
ISBN-13: 9781541672611
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 06/15/2021
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.50" H
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