Struggles over Immigrants' Language: Literacy Tests in the United States, 1917-1966

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
CHAPTER 1: The Beginning of Federal Language Restriction: The Literacy Test Act of 191713
 Still Open Door Mixed with Ethnocentric National Identity14
 Toward Immigration Restriction: Redefining Americans18
 The Literacy Test Act: A Product of Long Lasting Political Discourses in the Divided Government21
CHAPTER 2: Applications and Challenges: Immigrants and the Administrators41
 The Implications of the Literacy Test Act43
 The Ambiguity of the Law and Its Discretionary Administration46
 Challenging the Arbitrary Administration of the Literacy Test54
CHAPTER 3: Power Politics in Implementing Immigration Policy: Congress and the Bureau Of Immigration69
 Immigration Legislation and the Extent of Administrative Powers71
 Congressional Power and Dehumanizing Administration74
 Illegal Immigrants: A Consequence of the Conflict between Legislation and Administration79
CHAPTER 4: The Literacy Tests and the National Quota Immigration Policies89
 The National Quota Immigration Act of 1924: Ongoing History of the Literacy Test91
 To Redefine a “White” America: Congress, the courts, and the states95
 American Citizen Yes, Voter No: Double Allegiance to State and Nation99
 English as a Test of Being a Good American Citizen102

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