Culling the masses : the democratic origins of racist immigration policy in the Americas

FitzGerald, David, 1972- author

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  • Creator David Scott FitzGerald, David Cook-Martín
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xiii, 501 pages) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 9780674369665, 0674369661, 9780674729049, 0674729048
  • OCLC ocn880147668


  • Culling the Masses questions the widely held view that in the long run democracy and racism cannot coexist. David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín show that democracies were the first countries in the Americas to select immigrants by race, and undemocratic states the first to outlaw discrimination.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-481) and index.
  • In English.


  • The organizational landscape : from eugenics to anti-racism -- The United States : paragon of liberal democracy and racism -- Canada : between neighbor and empire -- Cuba : whitening an island -- Mexico : selecting those who never came -- Brazil : selling the myth of racial democracy -- Argentina : crucible of European nations? -- Appendix: Ethnic selection in sixteen countries
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