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Volume 7, Issue 3 2009 Article 6 The Forum THE POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM Defining the Circle of We: American Identity and Immigration Policy Jack Citrin, University of California, Berkeley Matthew Wright, University of California, Berkeley Recommended Citation: Citrin, Jack and Wright, Matthew (2009) "Defining the Circle of We: American Identity and Immigration Policy," The Forum: Vol. 7: Iss. 3, Article 6. DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1319 Defining the Circle of We: American Identity and Immigration Policy Jack Citrin and Matthew Wright Abstract This article

Temples of American Identity Jewish Museums in Los Angeles Beverly Hills felt like it was [all Jewish]. . . . All of my Jewish friends ate rye bread with mustard and there was one non-Jewish boy in the group that I went around with and he . . . used mayon- naise on white bread. —Dean Kaye, 1977 To American Jews, America is home. There exist their thriving roots; there is the country which they have helped to build; and there they share its fruits and its destiny. —Jacob Blaustein, president of the American Jewish Committee, 1949–1954 The Skirball Cultural Center

132 5 Selling Muslim American Identity Public diplomacy is the promotion of the national interest by informing, engaging, and influencing people around the world. Public diplomacy helped with the Cold War, and it has the potential to help win the war on terror. — “Changing Minds, Winning Peace,” Report of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World Do you really want to build a better understanding between Ameri- cans and Muslim? Or do you just want to win this campaign? We are not stupid or blind or deaf. . . . Be fair on the

C h a P t E r 6 postApocAlyptic AmericAn identity The disintegration of the Soviet Union eased fears of a nuclear war ending all life on Earth, but the following decade turned out to be only a brief interreg- num in which the United States was seemingly free from outside attack as the world’s only superpower. While the Persian Gulf War in January 1991 fleet- ingly stoked apocalyptic fears, its quick and successful resolution generally solidified American confidence in the future.1 Some U.S. thinkers concluded during the 1990s that the entire world had

CHAPTER FOUR American Identity in Surveys The wake of the changing demography in the United States is replete with debates about the societal, environmental, and economic effects that immigra- tion is having in the United States. Interest groups on all sides of the issue have sprung to life, and concerns about what immigration means for the future of America have become common topics of discourse in the media and in law- making bodies. Accompanying these debates is media coverage of census esti- mates stating that whites will no longer be a majority in the United

CHAPTER THREE Theories of American Identity In his extensive study of how ideas about American identity have shaped citi- zenship laws in the United States, Smith (1997) defines a “civic myth” as “a myth used to explain why persons form a people, usually indicating how a political community originated, who is eligible for membership, who is not and why, and what the community’s values and aims are” (33). He then describes how three civic myths in particular—liberalism, civic republicanism, and ethnocultural- ism—have collectively directed the legal and judicial

207 6 Black Voluntarism and American Identities The Howard Orphanage and Industrial School Some day you may have just cause to be proud of us, for I know I don’t intend to spend the rest of my days in the kitchen. —An alumnus of the Howard Orphanage to Superintendent Mary Gordon, June 23, 1913 Seventeen-year-old Anne Smith harbored aspirations higher than a lifetime in domestic service. Born in New York of Virginian blacks at the turn of the twentieth century, Smith was reared in a predominantly African American community at the Howard Orphanage and

media. For the fi lm and television industries, the bicentennial off ered a seemingly limitless vault of experi- ence from which patriotic moving images of a diverse American polity could be 6 Roots/Routes of American Identity 154 Chapter Six constructed. Televised docudrama became the bicentennial’s preeminent commercial product, and Wolper its most prolifi c creator and greatest supporter. Docudrama combined the truth claims of documentary with the world-creating capacity of period fi ction. Roots did internationalize American identity and confronted the

Daniel J. Crowley (Davis) Ethnicity, ludicrous names, and American identity Several years ago when I was thoughtless enough to have a heart attack, my cardiolo- gist was named Dr. Jack Casas. While there are those who contend that all doctors are jackasses, that is my doctor's name - the California-born son of an Hispanic father probably originally de las Casas, and a German mother memorializing her father Jacques ("James" in French) with the similar-sounding diminutive for John - a typical example of the 'vulgar errors' which abound in naming practice. My