America first, immigrants last: American xenophobia then and now

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Abstract

Global mass migration was one of the most defining features of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. But so was intense xenophobia. This article offers a new definition of xenophobia and examines how xenophobia helped to drive some of the most defining features of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, including progressive reform, white supremacy, the expanded capacity and power of the nation-state, and the growth of U.S. global power and influence. It draws a connection to contemporary America, where, under the Trump administration, xenophobia is transforming a wide range of public policies, legitimizing racism and white supremacy, and impacting U.S. foreign relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gilded Age
  • Migration
  • Nativism
  • Progressive Era
  • Race
  • Trump
  • White supremacy
  • Xenophobia

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