The Ambivalent Welcome: Print Media, Public Opinion, and Immigration

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Simon and Alexander describe how leading magazines and the New York Times covered and interpreted United States immigration policy, and public attitudes about the impact of immigrants on the American economy and social fabric. The authors examine print media coverage of immigration issues from 1880, the onset of the "new immigration," to the present, and find that most magazines, like most Americans, have vehemently opposed new immigrants.

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