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Smith, George Ross (1864-1952) to A.G. Johnson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09518.03 Author/Creator: Smith, George Ross (1864-1952) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter signed Date: 16 January 1914 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.9 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: In reply to Johnson's telegram, Smith details his opposition to the Burnett Bill especially the measure for illiteracy testing. "I believe in keeping out the crazed, the diseased, the defective… but I do not believe in excluding on the mere ground of illiteracy the honest, healthy, industrious immigrant, who stirred by ambition comes to our shores to better his own condition…"

People: Smith, George Ross, 1864-1952

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: Immigration and Migration

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform

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