Drawing on an unprecedented quantitative and qualitative study of immigration laws in 22 countries of the Americas from 1790 to 2010, David Cook-Martin explores the relationship between racism and political liberalism in the Americas. Although he shows that racially selective laws have historically been fully compatible with liberalism, he also demonstrates that compatible ideologies are not racial destiny, as demonstrated by the disavowal of formal racial selectivity in immigration law and the massive ethnic transformation of the worst historical excluders. David Cook-Martín is an associate professor of sociology at Grinnell College and director of its Center for International Studies. He is author of The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants and of the forthcoming Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (coauthored with David Fitzgerald).
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