Immigration and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman

Roger Daniels, ed.

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Truman pioneered refugee admissions, was the first president to propose eliminating all racial/ethnic bars in immigration, and his commission on immigration set out reforms which became central to the epochal Immigration Act of 1965. (TLS 6)

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The Truman Legacy Series, Vol. 6

These essays show President Harry S. Truman made considerable contributions as an “immigration president,” though he generally has not been given credit for immigration policy. Truman pioneered refugee admissions, was the first president to propose eliminating all racial/ethnic bars in immigration, and his commission on immigration set out reforms which became central to the epochal Immigration Act of 1965.

Contents

Editor's Preface

Harry Truman's Quest for Peace.....Richard S. Kirkendall

Harry S. Truman and Immigration: An Appraisal.....Roger Daniels

Truman, Holocaust Survivors, and Palestine.....Leonard Dinnerstein

A Common Man's Perspective.....Ken Hechler

Harry S. Truman and Immigration: A Graphic Essay Based on the Holdings of the Harry S. Truman Library.....Raymond H. Geselbracht

Strategic Citizenship and Immigration from the Philippines.....Barbara M. Posadas and Roland L. Guyotte

Race and Ethnic Classification in the McCarran-Walter Act.....Margo Anderson

Renewed African Immigration.....David M. Reimers

Becoming American: Immigration and Naturalization Records in the National Archives.....Mary Evelyn Tomlin

Origins of the Sun Belt: Florida and the Truman Years, 1945–1953.....Gary R. Mormino

Contributors

Index

Authors

Roger Daniels is Charles Phelps Taft Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati. He received his PhD from UCLA in 1961 and is a past president of both the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. He has written widely about Asian Americans and immigration. Among his most recent books are Not Like Us: Immigrants and Minorities in America, 1890–1924; Debating American Immigration, 1882–Present (with Otis Graham); and American Immigration: A Student Companion.

Reviews

An astutely researched and presented account, Immigration and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman is highly recommended especially for college library American History shelves.

Midwest Book Review, March 2010