America for Americans

A History of Xenophobia in the United States

by Erika Lee

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  • 9781541672604
  • 9781541672598
An award-winning historian reframes our continuing debate over immigration with a compelling history of xenophobia in the United States and its devastating impact

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia. In America for Americans, Erika Lee shows that an irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era. Benjamin Franklin ridiculed Germans for their "strange and foreign ways." Americans' anxiety over Irish Catholics turned xenophobia into a national political movement. Chinese immigrants were excluded, Japanese incarcerated, and Mexicans deported. Today, Americans fear Muslims, Latinos, and the so-called browning of America.

Forcing us to confront this history, America for Americans explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America. It is a necessary corrective and spur to action for any concerned citizen.

  • Basic Books; November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781541672598
  • Title: America for Americans
  • Author: Erika Lee
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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  • 9781541672604
  • 9781541672598

In The Press

"Erika Lee's Americafor Americans is an insightful, thought-provoking book that helps usunderstand why the United States, a 'nation of immigrants,' could be the hometo such longstanding and powerful anti-immigrant movements. Anyone who wants tofully understand why Americans are so divided over border walls, asylum policy,and sanctuary cities must read this outstanding book."—Tyler Anbinder, author of City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York


About The Author

Erika Lee is a Regents Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The author of The Making of Asian America and other award-winning books, Lee lives in Minneapolis, MN.

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  • 9781541672604
  • 9781541672598