The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Daniel Okrent, Jeffrey Toobin (moderator)
Wed, May 6th, 2020 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)

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In 1920s the United States entered a period of unprecedented isolationism inspired by the rise of the faulty and racist science of eugenics that deemed Jews, Southern Europeans, and people of color inferior races. Daniel Okrent examines this dark period of American history, its connection to the rise of Nazism at home and abroad, and the tragic resonance with American immigration policy today.

Daniel Okrent is the prize-winning author of numerous books, including The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America. Jeffrey Toobin (moderator) is chief legal analyst for CNN and a staff writer for The New Yorker.


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