Longtime NPR foreign correspondent Tom Gjelten writes that for most of our history, immigration law favored Europeans. But with the 1965 Immigration Act, the door was opened for people from all corners of the world, ushering in transformation, tensions and a new debate over what it means to be American.
This program was originally broadcast on 1/21/16.
- Tom Gjelten - longtime NPR foreign correspondent, now a religious and belief correspondent for the network. His newest book is called A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story. You can read the prologue here.
Listen to Gjelten's NPR piece on the families profiled in the book.
Watch a one-minute video of Tom Gjelten talking about the book: