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Com'r Wallis & immigrants. , 1920 courtesy of the library of congress

Closing the Golden Doors: The Immigration Act of 1924

May 23, 2024 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Rhonda R. McClure

From the mid-19th through the early 20th century waves of European immigrants arrived on American shores seeking new opportunities. Unfortunately, this period also ushered in antisemitic and prejudiced attitudes toward these immigrants, which culminated in the passing of the Immigration Act of 1924. The act introduced an immigrant quota system and other policies that would cause immigration to plummet in the following years. In this online lecture, Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will discuss the historical context of the Immigration Act of 1924, how the act shaped immigration records, and how the “closing of the golden doors” impacted the lives of your ancestors.

Image Credit: Bain News Service, Publisher. Com'r Wallis & immigrants. , 1920. [1 June] Photograph.

Education and Programming
Rhonda R. McClure
Immigration and Naturalization
Genealogical Software
Areas of expertise: Immigration and naturalization, late 19th and early 20th century urban research, missionaries.