|About the Book|
The Reports of the Immigration Commission - familiarly known as the Dillingham Reports - are directly correlated to the legislation enacted between 1917 and 1924 which effectively closed the gates of America to a vast number of immigrants. As such, they are invaluable to the study of immigration, especially in its economic and sociological aspects. When first issued, the very detailed study of the Commission gave what appeared to be official and presumably scientific proof of the innate inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans. The Commission bent whatever evidence it could find to prove this preconceived idea. Despite this shortcoming, remain essential source material for anyone concerned with the entire history and background of immigration in the United States. Dr. Handlin has written an introduction to the Arno Press edition in which he discusses certain misinterpretations contained in the notes also the significant achievements of the Commission. His introduction provides essential background information for intelligent reading and interpretation of the data presented by the Immigration Commission. The Arno Press edition retains all charts and tables, exactly as they appeared originally.