Pegler-Gordon Reviews

The first review on Anna Pegler-Gordon’s In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy, Colin John Davis analyzes the production of media and its impact on racial knowledge. Davis goes on to discuss the books premise and how photography produces race as a visualizable fact. The second book review by Tara Browner analyzes how photography impacted immigration policy through Pegler-Gordons book. Photography played a major role in how immigrants were viewed, not only to the people of America, but also how they were view by the government. Browner also notes that photography opens up a new form of documentation of the U.S. immigrant experience. The final book review done by Andreas Killen, argues that Pegler-Gordon’s book shows how photography skewed the publics opinion on immigrants, and how it influenced government policies on immigration. Killen discusses specific acts and laws that impacted immigration in America. Killen also discusses how photography also had a impact on the documentation of immigrants. Each of these reviews discusses the different influences that photography had on U.S. immigration discussed within Pegler-Gordon’s book, and throughout each review a different understanding of this impact is discussed by each person.

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