THE GUARDED GATE

Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America

 

Daniel Okrent’s first book since the prize-winning Last Call tells the frightening and sobering story of how anti-immigration activists of the early twentieth century — most of them well-born, many of them progressives — used the bogus science of eugenics to justify closing the immigration door in 1924.

 

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“Engrossing… This fascinating study vividly illuminates the many injustices that the pseudoscience of eugenics inflicted on so many would-be Americans.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY