Abstract: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hart-Celler Immigration Act. This historic piece of legislation is widely celebrated for abolishing the infamous “national origins” quota system that that gave special preference to immigrants from Western Europe while effectively barring newcomers from Asia and Southern and Eastern Europe. This talk will explore the domestic and foreign policy concerns that served as the backdrop to the passage and implementation of the 1965 Immigration Act. We will also examine the relationship between the push for immigration reform and the larger civil rights revolution of the 1960s.
Bio: Rick Baldoz is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Oberlin College. He is the author of The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946 (NYU Press), which won book awards from the American Sociological Association and the American Library Association. He is currently working on a monograph about the 1965 Hart Celler Immigration Act, examining this historical legislation against the backdrop of Cold War politics, anti-colonial upheaval, and domestic civil rights mobilization.
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