Download e-book for iPad: Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist by David FitzGerald

By David FitzGerald

ISBN-10: 0674729048

ISBN-13: 9780674729049

Culling the Masses questions the commonly held view that during the long term democracy and racism can't coexist. David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín express that democracies have been the 1st nations within the Americas to choose immigrants through race, and undemocratic states the 1st to outlaw discrimination. via research of criminal documents from twenty-two nations among 1790 and 2010, the authors current a background of the increase and fall of racial choice within the Western Hemisphere.

the us led the way in which in utilizing felony potential to exclude "inferior" ethnic teams. beginning in 1790, Congress all started passing nationality and immigration legislation that avoided Africans and Asians from changing into electorate, because they have been inherently incapable of self-government. related regulations have been quickly followed by way of the self-governing colonies and dominions of the British Empire, ultimately spreading throughout Latin the US as well.

Undemocratic regimes in Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Cuba reversed their discriminatory legislation within the Thirties and Forties, a long time prior to the U.S. and Canada. the normal declare that racism and democracy are antithetical―because democracy is determined by beliefs of equality and equity, that are incompatible with the inspiration of racial inferiority―cannot clarify why liberal democracies have been leaders in selling racist regulations and laggards in disposing of them. eventually, the authors argue, the replaced racial geopolitics of worldwide warfare II and the chilly conflict used to be essential to persuade North American international locations to reform their immigration and citizenship laws.

Winner of:

  • American Sociological Association's 2015 Thomas & Znaniecki most sensible booklet on foreign Migration Award
  • ASA's Political Sociology part 2015 most sensible Scholarly Contribution publication Award
  • American Political technology Association's Migration and Citizenship Section's 2015 most sensible booklet Prize for Books on Migration and Citizenship
  • Immigration and Ethnic heritage Society, Honorable point out, 2015 Theodore Saloutos booklet Prize.

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A qualifier to this pattern is that when bilateral relations turned to open conflict, immigration from enemy countries was cut off. Chronic colonial rivalries in the eighteenth century and restrictions on “enemy aliens” in World Wars I and II illustrate this pattern throughout the hemisphere. But short of war, greater levels of engagement with a region yielded fewer overt immigration restrictions. The issue of immigrant selectivity became linked to other issue areas in policy debates. 112 The immigration policy of a country is a public signal to the government and people of a country of emigration about their basic moral worth and international standing.

S. S. military and economic intervention in Latin America. Similar foreign policy effects emerged in Brazil, where restriction of Japanese was moderated because of linkages between immigration and trade and restrictions of blacks were usually hidden because of linkages between immigration and an effort to promote Brazil’s international brand as a racial democracy. The horizontal dimension was most important in shaping Argentine policy when a government proposal after World War II to select immigrants by race failed because of diplomatic concerns that such a policy would retard Argentina’s effort to rebuild its national reputation, which had been tarnished by early support for Nazi Germany.

When political institutions are structured such that public opinion can make its demands heard, the result is often bad for immigrants. During the late 1920s, Latin American governments signed on to Pan American eugenicist accords to select immigrants by race and continued to discriminate against blacks and the indigenous in practice, even as they proclaimed the full membership of blacks in Brazil and Cuba and the indigenous in Mexico and Peru. The incipient rhetoric of anti-╉racism rarely covered groups that were not Creole, indigenous, or Afro-╉Latin American.

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