Immigrant Contributions to American Politics and Immigration Policy

  • Steven G. Koven
  • Frank Götzke
Part of the Public Administration, Governance and Globalization book series (PAGG, volume 1)


The influence of immigrants on American politics dates back to the colonial era. As discussed in detail in this chapter colonists and Americans in the early stages of the republic expressed doubts about “foreigners.” A typical concern expressed was how those brought up under autocratic systems of governance could adopt to democratic systems of rule. Many early Americans doubted the patriotism of “foreigners.” Doubts about the radicalism of French migrants and fear about the excesses of the 1789 French Revolution led to highly restrictive Alien and Sedition legislation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Studies Institute, University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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