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Asylum for Mankind: America, 1607-1800 Hardcover – June 25, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0801434815 ISBN-10: 0801434815 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (June 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801434815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801434815
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Well researched. . . . Recommended for undergraduates and above."—Choice

"Baseler's study of immigration policy will be sought out by historians and graduate students and is likely to stand as an authoritative treatment of the notion of American Asylum."—Journal of American History

"Baseler skillfully weaves her close examination of British mercantile thought and American republican rhetoric into a detailed analysis of the immigration policies that shaped the settlement of early America. The result is a fresh account of the original debates on immigration's role in American society. The book is suitable for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates, but should appeal to all readers interested in the origins of American immigration policy and the complex and contested images of the American asylum."—Philip Otterness, Perspectives on Political Science

"Baseler addresses in thoughtful and persuasive ways the extent to which the promise of freedom and opportunity was realized in the lives of American immigrants. Complex motives and ambiguous effects constitute the fundamental theme of this balanced and comprehensive study. . . . This is a valuable, compelling, and highly recommended study."—James H. Kettner, Annals of the American Academy

"Richly documented, well written, and systematically argued, . . . Baseler's study of the colonial and revolutionary years offers new insights into America's role in the Atlantic world."—Nonald MacRaild, Immigrants and Minorities

"This study establishes the primacy of the colonial period in laying the foundation for America's subsequent experience with immigration. . . . In dense and often fascinating detail, she locates the origin of the idea of America as asylum in seventeenth-century England."—American Historical Review

"Asylum for Mankind succeeds admirably as a political and intellectual analysis of migration policy in Britain and the new American republic. It is a book that, in filling an interpretive gap, has also opened up a new range of questions about the initial populating of the United States."—James A. Henretta, Journal of Social History

"Readers will find this work valuable. . . The book is notable for its range, its assiduous references to recent scholarship, and its orientation to the Atlantic world. . . Thought-provoking."—Anita Tien, William and Mary Quarterly

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In "Asylum for Mankind" Professor Baseler masterfully weaves together the forces shaping Colonial America's immigration policies and patterns. In the old world struggles for global supremacy among European empires, the desire to provide a home for Europe's "wastrels and convicts," attempts to populate the new world with subjects loyal to the mother country, and attempts to gain wealth for European powers all determined emmigration policies. In the new world colonists were.."torn by..[the]..promise to provide santuary for liberty and the victims of oppression while safeguarding the republic from immigrants who would pervert or destroy its principles and future development." Democratic and idealistic intent.."to fulfill their republican vision of an international community built on the free movement of goods and people"..coexisted with self serving desires to control the racial, religious, and ethnic composotion of the immigrants. To be sure, some of the talk of liberty and democracy was public relations hype. On the other hand was an honest determination to bould a nation.."where policies were determined by the needs of the people rather than the ambitions of princes." "Asylums for Mankind" provides an essential starting point for an understanding of present day struggles for and against racial,ethnic,religious, and multicultural equality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book reminds us of where we all started, what made the New World so attractive to the settlers and how the New World became and organized society. "Asylum for Mannkind" gives a new understanding of what settlers experienced and the prices they would pay for freedom.
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