Strangers in the Land

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  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • Strangers in the Land
  • John Higham
  • English
  • 07 December 2017
  • 0813531233

About the Author: John Higham

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Strangers in the Land Higham s work stands as the seminal work in the history of American nativism The work is a careful, well documented study of nationalism and ethnic prejudice, and chronicles the power and violence of these two ideas in American society from 1860 to 1925 He significantly moves beyond previous treatments of nativism, both in chronology and in interpretive sophistication Higham defines nativism as a defensive type of nationalism or an intense opposition to an internal minority on the grounds of the group s foreign connections By defining nativism as a set of attitudes or a state of mind, he sets the course for his book as tracing trace an emotionally charged impulse rather than an actual social process or condition As he argues that the ideological content of nativism remained consistent, he uses emotional intensity as a measure to trace in detail public opinion from the relative calm following the Civil War to the Johnson Reed act of 1924 that severely limited European immigration Strangers in the Land is, then, a history of public opinion, whose purpose is to show how nativism evolved in society and in action Higham seeks to explain what could inflame xenophobia and who resisted it He saw his work as part of a renewed interest in the study of nationalism following the national upheavals in the wake of the McCarthy hearings Surely Higham s mentor at the University of Wisconsin, intellectual historian Merle Curti, influenced Higham s approach in seeking to examine the power of nationalism as an idea Also influential was the intellectual climate of the 1950s with its of distrust of ideology and distain of prejudice Higham admits being repelled by the nationalist delusions of the Cold War, again helping to explain why his study concentrates on seeking some explanation for the irrational and violent outbreaks The book thus focuses on points of conflict, antagonisms that belong within ideologies of passionate national consciousness For example, Higham s explains the 100 percent American movement in terms of progressive ideals and the desire of Americans to shape immigrants into a particular ideal of Americanness through education and assimilation This intellectual construct eventually gave way to the racial thinking to which Higham assigns much influence in the efforts to restrict immigration Ideology is also central to his chapter on the history of the idea of racism in which he argues that Anglo Saxon nationalism, literary naturalism and a nascent understanding of genetics combined to bring forth arguments for immigration restriction to preserve the racial purity of the American people Thus, key for Higham s argument is the power of ideas in shaping individual behavior and thereby shaping history This text is an absolute must read for anyone seeking to understand American nativism and the darker side of nationalism. Download Strangers in the Land by John Higham – johndore.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “Strangers in the Land

  1. David Bates says:

    By 1910 the census found that one in three Americans was foreign born John Higham s Strangers in the Land, first published in 1955, traces the resulting backlash of nativism in America during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth, culminating in the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1921 which closed America s doors to European immigrants for the first time in its history Higham conceptualizes nativism as an ideology adopted, resisted or By 1910 the census found that one in three Americans was foreign born John Higham s Strangers in the Land, first published in 1955, traces the resulting backlash of nativism in America during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth, culminating in the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1921 which closed America s doors to European immigrants for the first time in its history Higham conceptualizes nativism as an ideology adopted, resisted or spread by different groups He contends that the Civil War completed the ruin of organized nativism by absorbing xenophobes and immigrants in a common cause Now the foreigner had a new prestige he was a comerade in arms The clash that alienated sections reconciled their component nationalities Intolerance intensified in the 1870s and 1880s however as the growing political clout of the Irish i...

  2. Tarah says:

    If you re at all interested in issues of immigration, race, nationalism, and the rise of nativism in America and, come on, who ISN T , then this is the standard bearer to read It focuses in on reconstruction through turn of the century America, but the history as Higham reveals it isthan relevant to our current national conversations What does it mean to be white in America What does it mean to be American What s the r...

  3. Lauren Hiebner says:

    This is a timely reading in light of today s anti immigrant attitudes Higham cites racism, fear of Catholics, and fear of radicals as the underlying reasons for Nativism from 1860 1925 He points out that in times of crisis nativists emerged and dominated the political agenda but when the economy was stronger the attitudes subsided However, racism never went away, it was always there In later years politicians in the post WWII and post 9 11 eras will use it for their own political agenda T This is a timely reading in light of today s anti immigrant attitudes Higham cites racism, fear of Catholics, and fear of radicals as the underlying reasons for Nativism from 1860 1925 He points out that in times of crisis nativists emerged and dominated the political agenda but when the economy was stronger the attitudes subside...

  4. Frank Stein says:

    An old fashioned history book that tries to tell a story about the different twists and turns in the anti immigrant movement in Progressive America.Higham finds three main threads that wind all through the period s anti immigrant thought namely, the anti radical, the anti Catholic, and the racist Throughout the book, all three gain ascendancy and then retreat a bewildering number of times For instance, the anti radical movement explodes temporarily after the American born but foreign soundin An old fashioned history book that tries to tell a story about the different twists and turns in the anti immigrant movement in Progressive America.Higham finds three main threads that wind all through the period s anti immigrant thought namely, the anti radical, the anti Catholic, and the racist Throughout the book, all three gain ascendancy and then retreat a bewildering number of times For instance, the anti radical movement explodes temporarily after the American born but foreign sounding anarchist Leon Czolgalz a...

  5. John says:

    It s odd, I am very interested in this book and I get a lot out of it when I am just flipping through it, or using bits and pieces of it for paper writing material It s a good source Higham was an excellent historian, and this is a very important and sometimes fascinating topic But for some reason I can t just sit down and read this thing through to the end I have now read a few chapters from the middle, and a few from the start, but it just isn t holding my attention through to the end Par It s odd, I am very interested in this book and I get a lot out of ...

  6. Hotavio says:

    Strangers in the Land was one of the first books to deal with the concept of nativism, which was the defensive mechanisms employed by white Americans in the face of surges in immigration Higham studies trends in immigration from the 1870s to the mid 20s and measures to either curb this immigration or promote it Of particular concern to Higham are Political developments, led by racialist scientific thinking, to welcome preferred people s into the country While the timeframe that the author f Strangers in the Land was one of the first books to deal with the concept of nativism, which was the defensive mechanisms employed by white Americans in the face of surges in immigration Higham studies trends in immigration from the 1870s to the mid 20s and measures to either curb this immigration or promote it Of particular concern to Higham are Political developments, led by racialist scientific thinking, to welcome preferred people s into the country While the timeframe that the author focuses on is satisfactory for establishing patterns, it leaves the reader stranded when the quota establishing Johnson Reed Act throws a wrench in the influx of Eastern and Southern European immigrants This is perplexing because the book was written in the 50s allowing for the author to examine the outcome of this drastic regulation Still, Higham addresses an important subject, which warran...

  7. Cat says:

    This is a real first class history book and I don t hand out that accolade lightly Even though it was written half a century ago, it s hard to argue with any point in the entire text The prose is measured and careful, but ultimately it is easy to see the bias against the Nativist movement on the part of the author Is that a problem Not for me, though I imagine the crazies in the contemporary anti immigration group would froth at their collective mouths if they weren t a bunch of illiterate This is a real first class history book and I don t hand out that accolade lightly Even though it was written half a century ago, it s hard to argue with any point in the entire text The prose is measured and careful, but ultimately it is easy to see the bias against the Nativist movement ...

  8. Brandy says:

    Read this for a grad class.It actually came as a surprise to me when I realized I d finished this one I hate reading books in chunks over a span of weeks Throws me off Anyway Higham is a brilliant historian, which I suppose should be obvious seeing how we re still using his work in schools This is a key work for anybody interested in the trends in nativism in America, which really should be everybody It s kind of a major theme in American history I will definitely be keeping my copy clos Read this for a grad class.It actually came as a surprise to me when I realized I d finished this one I hate reading books in chunks over a span of weeks Throws me off Anyway Higham is a brilliant historian, which I suppose should be obvious seeing how we re still using his work in schools This is a key work for anybody interested ...

  9. Oliver Bateman says:

    A dated but still very useful history Examines the rise, fall, and rise of American nativism over a semi longue dur e Higham was a student of Merle Curti at Wisconsin, and Curti s influence is evident here Higham pays close attention to intellectual primary sources and doesn t bury the reader with ...

  10. Rock says:

    It seems likely that the author was farinterested in his topic from the progressive era on, since the book moves from extremely dry to academically dry about the time that Teddy Roosevelt ideas Despite the often tough sailing, the author is extremely ...