360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, 9 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4530-1
Published: November 1995
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6431-9
Published: November 2000
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Awards & distinctions
1995 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award, Immigration History Society
Salyer demonstrates that Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans mounted sophisticated and often-successful legal challenges to the enforcement of exclusionary immigration policies. Ironically, their persistent litigation contributed to the development of legal doctrines that gave the Bureau of Immigration increasing power to counteract resistance. Indeed, by 1924, immigration law had begun to diverge from constitutional norms, and the Bureau of Immigration had emerged as an exceptionally powerful organization, free from many of the constraints imposed upon other government agencies.
About the Author
Lucy E. Salyer is associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.
For more information about Lucy E. Salyer, visit the Author Page.
“A tremendous contribution to our understanding of how legal alien residents gradually came to lose their constitutional rights in the United States.”--Western Legal History
“Brilliant, well-researched and well-written.”--Law and History Review
"Salyer's fresh approach to the study of immigration law contributes a critical and vitalizing measure of complexity to a dimension of immigration history."--American Journal of Legal History
"An elegantly written, well conceived book that makes an important contribution to the field."--Pacific Historical Review
"This excellent book, carefully and thoroughly researched and engaginglywritten, represents some of the finest recent scholarship in the history of American law."--American Historical Review
"This is an important study for American historians of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially those who focus upon the American West, immigration, nativism, ethnicity, and Asian Americans."--Western Historical Quarterly