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Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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America is represented as the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is a place where liberty for all resides and her citizens considered to be equal one to another. Individuals have fought and died to preserve such ideology, but it appears to be a more mythological image than an accurate one. It is a viewpoint that has not been lived up to, yet continues to be propagated as fact. The Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 was a moment in history that revealed a more restrictive, prejudicially selective side to the nature of what America is, than what it portrays to be. I contend that this nature has both existed and grown since Europeans first set foot on the shores of this land.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History. Full text access to the thesis is restricted to the campus community.