• This Immigrant Nation

    Perspectives on an American Dilemma Articles from The Nation 1868-the Present

    Edited by

    Richard Lingeman

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    This unvarnished collection of articles traces evolving issues and provides a unique history of the long-running national immigration dilemma.

    American immigration has been debated in the pages of The Nation almost since its founding in 1865. The magazine has generally come down on the inclusive or “liberal” side of the great debate, but the editors were not immune from the prejudices of their times—an 1891 editorial called for the exclusion of “lunatics, paupers and cripples.”