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Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
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.
Kane, Patrick B., "Model America: Our heritage of prejudice - here from the beginning". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2017.
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