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The Resource The men and women we want : gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate, Jeanne D. Petit

The men and women we want : gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate, Jeanne D. Petit

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The men and women we want : gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate
Title
The men and women we want
Title remainder
gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate
Statement of responsibility
Jeanne D. Petit
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Language
eng
Summary
Should immigrants have to pass a literacy test in order to enter the United States? Progressive-Era Americans debated this question for more than twenty years, and by the time the literacy test became law in 1917, the debate had transformed the way Americans understood immigration, and created the logic that shaped immigration restriction policies throughout the twentieth century. Jeanne Petit argues that the literacy test debate was about much more than reading ability or the virtues of education. It also tapped into broader concerns about the relationship between gender, sexuality, race, and American national identity. The congressmen, reformers, journalists, and pundits who supported the literacy test hoped to stem the tide of southern and eastern European immigration. To make their case, these restrictionists portrayed illiterate immigrant men as dissipated, dependent paupers, immigrant women as brood mares who bore too many children, and both as a eugenic threat to the nation's racial stock. Opponents of the literacy test argued that the new immigrants were muscular, virile workers and nurturing, virtuous mothers who would strengthen the race and nation. Moreover, the debaters did not simply battle about what social reformer Grace Abbott called 'the sort of men and women we want.' They also defined as normative the men and women they were - unquestionably white, unquestionably American, and unquestionably fit to shape the nation's future. Jeanne D. Petit is associate professor of history at Hope College
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Petit, Jeanne D
Dewey number
325.7309/41
Index
index present
LC call number
LC151
LC item number
.P48 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Immigrants
  • United States
  • United States
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
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The men and women we want : gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate, Jeanne D. Petit
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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CR9781580467643
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 201 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781580463485
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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The men and women we want : gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate, Jeanne D. Petit
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 12 Apr 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781580467643
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 201 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781580463485
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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