By Ali Behdad
Behdad indicates how political, cultural, and felony texts have articulated American anxiousness approximately immigration from the Federalist interval to the current day. He reads texts either well-known—J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass—and lesser-known—such because the writings of nineteenth-century nativists and of public well-being officers at Ellis Island. within the method, he highlights what's obscured by way of narratives and texts celebrating the USA as an open-armed haven for everybody: the country’s violent beginnings, together with its conquest of local american citizens, brutal exploitation of enslaved Africans, and colonialist annexation of French and Mexican territories; a routine and fierce strand of nativism; the necessity for a docile hard work strength; and the cruel self-discipline meted out to immigrant “aliens” at the present time, fairly alongside the Mexican border.
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A Forgetful Nation: On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States by Ali Behdad