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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
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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
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Gender and race in American history,
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  • Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Immigrants
  • United States
  • United States
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Immigrants
  • Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
  • United States
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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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unknown
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Breeders, workers, and mothers: the beginning of the literacy test debate -- Parents and progeny: the Dillingham Commission Report -- Muscle, miscegenation, and manhood: the literacy test at the height of the progressive era -- Practical aid and sympathetic understanding: Grace Abbott's alternative to the literacy test -- World War I and the literacy test -- The legacy of the progressive era literacy test debate
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ocn731694243
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1 online resource (xii, 201 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781580468114
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
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illustrations
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22573/ctt22qzm
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(OCoLC)731694243
Label
The men and women we want : gender, race, and the progressive era literacy test debate, Jeanne D. Petit
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Breeders, workers, and mothers: the beginning of the literacy test debate -- Parents and progeny: the Dillingham Commission Report -- Muscle, miscegenation, and manhood: the literacy test at the height of the progressive era -- Practical aid and sympathetic understanding: Grace Abbott's alternative to the literacy test -- World War I and the literacy test -- The legacy of the progressive era literacy test debate
Control code
ocn731694243
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 201 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781580468114
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt22qzm
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)731694243

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