Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-688-6
# of Pages: 1000
# of Volumes: 3
Print List Price: $395
e-ISBN: 978-1-64265-689-3
eBook User Price: $395
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Encyclopedia of American Immigration

Editor: Carl L. Bankston III; Tulane University
August 2021


Designed for high school students, college undergraduates and the general researcher, Encyclopedia of American Immigration offers a clear and innovative approach to immigration history that can also be used by advanced students and scholars.

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Fully updated, this three-volume set features dozens of new entries as well as extensive updates to existing entries. Taken together, they paint a wide-ranging portrait of the trials and triumphs of immigration in the United States from the 17th century to the present, treating this complex issue in extensive detail

New entries in this edition include: 

  • Arizona SB 1070
  • Central American Refugees
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  • Sanctuary Cities
  • Trump Administration Family Separation Policy
  • Vartelas v. Holder

Over 70 articles on Specific Ethnic and National Immigrant Groups outline the group’s immigration history, emphasizing what has made each group unique.

One-third of the essays are Overviews covering broad issues ranging from accent discrimination to AIDS, world migration patterns, and xenophobia. Other important essays cover events, laws, treaties, organizations. institutions, and Supreme Court rulings on immigration.

In addition, every State in the union has its own essay, averaging nearly 1,000 words in length, and a table summarizing demographic data. Ten cities with particularly large immigrant populations are also subjects of essays.

Lastly, the set has articles on 45 Individual Persons, most of whom were post-independence-era immigrants who had a significant impact on the United States. Each essay focuses on the experiences of their subjects as immigrants.

Individual essays use the same types of ready-reference top matter for which Salem reference works are noted, and every essay begins with a brief summary of its topic’s significance in American immigration history. Plus, all essays, regardless of length, have a “Further Reading” list, which is thoughtfully annotated in longer pieces.


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