This work examines the many issues surrounding immigration, from the earliest settlement of British North America in the 17th century through the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks of the 21st century. The two volume set's 193 articles explore immigration from a wide variety of perspectives: border control and law enforcement, court cases, demographics, discrimination, economic and labor issues, events, family issues, government and politics, language and education, laws and treaties, literature, nativism and racism, refugees, religion, sociological theories, and stereotypes. Each of the alphabetically arranged articles opens with the type of ready reference top matter for which Salem Press's reference works are well known. The first entry following every title is a brief passage that defines or identifies the article's subject. Articles on such subjects as events, court cases, organizations, and laws have additional entries that provide dates and places, as relevant. The next item in every article is a brief italicized statement summarizing its subject's significance. Readers can thus see the most essential information about every topic at a glance.
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