Nation of Immigrants

ISBN-10: 0061447544

ISBN-13: 9780061447549

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Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work-with a new introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a foreword by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League-offers the late president's inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America. As continued debates on immigration engulf the nation, this paean to the importance of immigrants to our nation's prominence and success is as timely as ever.
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List price: $13.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

When he was elected the nation's thirty-fifth President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic elected to the Oval Office. Some Americans had opposed his candidacy because they feared that his religion would influence his decisions as President. Yet fascination with his personality, style, intelligence, wit, and character overshadowed these fears for many people. Articulate and forward looking, but with a great sense of the past, Kennedy was the only U.S. President to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in biography. He won the prize in 1957 for Profiles in Courage (1956), a book about several Americans who had made courageous decisions. Kennedy wrote the book while recuperating from surgery to repair a spinal injury. Born in Brookline, Massuchusetts, to a wealthy and politically ambitious father, Kennedy received a Harvard education. In 1940, while acting as secretary to his ambassador father in London, he wrote Why England Slept, an interpretation of England's failure to recognize the danger of the Nazi menace. As a PT-boat commander in World War II, he was seriously injured when his boat was cut in half and sunk. After the war, in 1946, he was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he served three terms in the House of Representatives before election to the Senate in 1952 and again in 1958. Elected President in 1960 in a close victory over Richard Nixon, Kennedy hoped to move the nation to a "New Frontier." He urged legislative programs to spur the economy, expand federal aid to education, renew blighted urban areas, eliminate racial segregation in public places, and institute medical care for the aged. But most of Kennedy's programs were stalled in Congress when he was assassinated in November 1963. It was left to Lyndon B. Johnson - Kennedy's successor in the presidency - to get Congress to enact the New Frontier legislation. In foreign affairs, Kennedy did not fare well in the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, but he acted strongly in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, averting a military confrontation with the Soviet Union. His call to commitment in his inaugural speech - "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" - inspired many young people in developing nations, and other areas of government service. Kennedy's presidency was cut short on November 22, 1963, when he was shot to death while riding in an open car during a political visit to Dallas, Texas. A shocked nation watched as he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Edward M. Kennedy was born in 1932. He was thrown out of Harvard University in 1951 for cheating, but he eventually returned and received a degree in 1956. He also attended the University of Virginia Law School. He was elected to the Senate in 1962, taking the seat that his brother John F. Kennedy had occupied before being elected President, and served for the next 47 years. His legislative achievements included bills to provide health insurance for children of the working poor, the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Meals on Wheels for the elderly, abortion clinic access, family leave, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He wrote the following books: My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D. C. and True Compass. He died from brain cancer on August 25, 2009 at the age of 77.

Introduction
Foreword
Anation of Nations
Why They Came
Waves of Immigration-The Pre-Revolutionary Forces
Waves of Immigration-The Post-Revolutionary Forces
The Irish
The Germans
The Scandinavians
Other Immigrant Groups
The Immigrant Contribution
Immigration Policy
Where We Stand
The United States of America-A Nation of Immigrants
Chronology of immigration
Major immigration policy developments since 1963
Suggested reading
Text of President John F. Kennedy's Proposals to Liberalize Immigration Statutes (July 23, 1963)
Selected Comments on President Kennedy's Message
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