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Americanization in the States: Immigrant Social Welfare Policy, Citizenship, and National Identity in the United States, 19081929

Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson


In the first decades of the twentieth century, a number of states had bureaus whose responsibility was to help immigrants assimilate into American society. Often described negatively as efforts to force foreigners into appropriate molds, this book demonstrates that these programs—including adult education, environmental improvement, labor market regulations, and conflict resolutions—were typically implemented by groups sympathetic to immigrants and their cultures. The book offers a comparative history of social welfare policies developed in four distinct regions with diverse immigrant populati ... More

Keywords: immigrants, American society, social welfare, Americanization, citizenship, national identity, middle class, Anglo-American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033617
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson, author