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i hear you knockin, but you can't come in

From National Geographic Books comes this discussion of how America has denied entry to various groups of immigrants over the centuries of its existence. Naomi Shihab Nye's poem opens this examination of the plight of immigrants with a new take on the Emma Lazarus poem from the Statue of Liberty. Then, short chapters take on various times when immigration was limited or halted due to political reasons. Included are the turning away of Jews during the Holocaust, the denial of boatloads of Chinese immigrants early in the 20th century, and the deportation of some dissidents who were originally Russian immigrants. As the foreword notes, these are dark moments in our history. However, these dark moments need to come into the light, to be exposed. For, as the old adage goes, those who do not know the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat them.
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