Open Book/ Open Mind: THE GUARDED GATE Dan Okrent in Conversation with Jonathan Alter

Daniel Okrent, a journalist at The New York Times, will discuss his book THE GUARDED GATE: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America with Montclair author, reporter, columnist, TV Analyst and lecturer Jonathan Alter.

About the book: by the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—the powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to “inferiors” in the 1920s.

A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, The Guarded Gate tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers—many of them progressives—who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.

Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the authors’ books on hand for purchase and signing.

All registered seats have claimed for this event. Please arrive at 3:30PM in the cafe area to join the standby ticket line. Seats will be released at 3:50PM as we always have seats available.

Thanks to our Series sponsors Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation, and our in-kind Sponsor Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair.


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