The phenomenon of immigration to America is one of the most impressive movements of human masses in history: a political, cultural and demographic upheaval never seen before. Hence the need, in the US, of the Immigration Act, the immigration laws which, until 1965, tried with mixed success to limit immigration.
This book, drawing on original sources and statistical data, tells the story of that immigration and those Immigration Acts, the context in which they were conceived, the protagonists who proposed and introduced them, their achieved and unrealized goals, the ideologies that were upstream. A cross-section of American history that is also partly European: a way to understand an issue, immigration, which continues to be of current relevance, both in the United States and in Europe. (Italian version)