Daniel Okrent - The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America — in conversation with Strobe Talbott

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

In this timely history, Okrent chronicles the period from 1895, when a group of Bostonians, led by Henry Cabot Lodge, initiated an anti-immigration campaign, through the following four decades when the U.S. restricted the entry of Jews and people from eastern and southern Europe on the grounds that they were inferior. Tailoring immigration policy to “biological laws,” President Coolidge promoted eugenics as national policy, and U.S. law kept hundreds of thousands of people out of the country. Okrent, author of books on Prohibition, Rockefeller Center, and baseball, brings the period to life with vivid profiles of the key figures involved, from the researchers and politicians to the many progressives—such as Margaret Sanger and Maxwell Perkins—who saw in eugenics a rational model for the future. Okrent will be in conversation with Strobe Talbott, a journalist, diplomat, and former president of Brookings.

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$32.00
ISBN: 9781476798035
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

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