Summing Up: Highly recommended. High school through upper-level undergraduate students; general readers.”
“Due to the impact of immigration on the political discourse of the United States today, this is a timely resource. Editor James S. Pula, Professor of History at Purdue University, Northwest, and 29 other scholars have combined their talents to produce this latest volume in Salem Press’ Defining Documents in American History series. It features 31 documents organized into four categories: In Their Own Words: Immigrant Descriptions; Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric; Federal Legislation; and Executive and Judicial Actions. Among the writings included are the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1862, an excerpt from Jacob Riis’ How the Other Half Lives, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of the decision made by Justice Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the 2016 case State of Texas v. United States. Each of the primary sources is accompanied by analyses, biographical information about the author of the document, and bibliographical information for further research. The work concludes with a chronology that lists the documents in sequential order by year of publication, a list of web resources that only includes four URLs, a six-page bibliography, and an index.
…Overall, this would be a useful resource for public and undergraduate libraries.”