Immigration theory for a new century: Some problems and opportunities

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Abstract

At the turn of the century, many immigrants launched their American careers not only in new cities and new jobs, but with new names. How this happened symbolized the confident and careless way in which the country treated its newcomers then. At Ellis Island, busy immigration inspectors did not have much time to scrutinize papers or to struggle with difficult spellings. When needed, they just rebaptized the immigrant on the spot. Thus, the German Jew who, flustered by the impatient questioning of the inspector, blurted out in Yiddish, "Schoyn Vergessen" (I forget), upon which the inspector promptly welcomed "Sean Ferguson" to America. Poor penmanship plus the similar sound of their native "G n and the English "H," left half an Ukrainian family named Heskes, and the other half Gesker (Kraur, 1982:57).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages225-251
Number of pages27
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781135708825
ISBN (Print)9780815337058
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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