Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed by Stephen R. Porter

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017
  • John W. DietrichEmail author
Book Review

Stephen Porter examines U.S. international relief efforts and domestic resettlement programs for dispossessed foreign populations in Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed. The work is primarily a series of case studies examining U.S. responses to key events requiring relief or resettlement efforts, beginning with World War I and ending with Cubans fleeing Castro’s regime in the 1960s. The book contains an epilogue that briefly covers a few more recent cases and makes some observations about U.S. policies through 9/11, but mostly it centers on American policy in the country’s first half-century as a global power. Porter shows how U.S. policies for the dispossessed (later named refugees) developed independently and, at times, how they were at odds with broader immigration policies. Through the cases, he stresses the interconnections of motives and actors between international relief programs delivered near refugees’ home countries and resettlement...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bryant UniversitySmithfieldUSA

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