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Lectures in History: Immigration & the Dillingham Commission

Immigrants at Ellis Island - Manhattan Skyline in the Background

Immigrants at Ellis Island - Manhattan Skyline in the Background

University Park, Pennsylvania
Saturday, August 24, 2013

The U.S. Immigration Commission, known as the “Dillingham Commission,” began its work in 1907.  It concluded that immigration from Europe posed a threat to American society and culture and should be reduced.  The commission’s findings inspired the immigration restriction acts of the 1920s, including the Emergency Quota Act of 1921. In this program, Penn State professor Tobias Brinkmann and his class discuss the history of immigration and the Dillingham Commission’s work.

Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:52am (ET)

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