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Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965

Danielle Battisti


This book looks at Italian American campaigns to reform American immigration laws from 1945 to 1965. It argues that even while Italian Americans were members of a coalition that pushed for liberal immigration reforms, their campaigns reflected a mix of liberalism and conservatism. Italian American immigration reformers invoked both secular principles of democratic liberalism and arguments based on Catholic social thought to call for a more humane and equal system of regulating immigration than the one in place based on a system of National Origins quotas. Yet in practice, Italian American camp ... More

Keywords: Catholic, ethnic identity, ethnic politics, immigration, immigration law, immigration policy, Italian Americans, Italian immigration, whiteness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823284399
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Battisti, author
University of Nebraska, Omaha