All you Italian-Americans and others who spring from Southern and Eastern European stock, should be very careful about how you approach immigration laws and your reasoning for doing so. Some of the laws we say today, we want enforced, were the products of hatred towards your parents and their parents... You should be very careful in your arguments. Not the ones you post publicly, but the ones you have within yourselves. --- The Immigration Act of 1924 Some of the law's strongest supporters were influenced by Madison Grant and his 1916 book, The Passing of the Great Race. Grant was a eugenicist and an advocate of the racial hygiene theory. His data purported to show the superiority of the founding Northern European races. But most proponents of the law were rather concerned with upholding an ethnic status quo and avoiding competition with foreign workers. --- The Passing of the Great Race The Passing of The Great Race; or, The racial basis of European history was an influential book of scientific racism written by the American eugenicist, lawyer, and amateur anthropologist Madison Grant in 1916. The book was very influential in United States during the interwar period, going through many reprintings and selling 1,600,000 copies in the United States alone by 1937. The book put forward Grant's theory of "Nordic superiority" and argued for a strong eugenics program in order to save the waning "Nordics" from inundation of other race types. Grant's propositions to create a strong eugenics program and for the "Nordic" population to be masters of the other races were controversial at the time and now considered extremely unethical and dangerous. -- The act was strongly supported by well-known union leader and founder of the AFL, Samuel Gompers. Gompers was a Jewish immigrant, and uninterested in the accusations by many Jews that the quotas were based on anti-Semitism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924 --- ya'll ain't nordic.