LIVE ZOOM: Book Discussion: One Mighty and Irresistible Tide, by JIa Lynn Yang

  • Seminar
  • Community Education/Outreach
  • Immigration

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide is a deeply researched and illuminating work of history, framed by the author’s own family’s story of immigration to America.   In 1924, Congress instituted a system of ethnic quotas so stringent that it choked off large-scale immigration for decades, sharply curtailing arrivals from southern and eastern Europe and outright banning those from nearly all of Asia.  A fascinating cast of characters including lawmakers and activists descended from Jewish, Irish and Japanese immigrants fought to establish a new principle of equality in the American immigration system.  Their crowning achievement, the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act, proved to be one of the most transformative laws in our country’s history.  Join the discussion of this riveting and relevant story.

Winner of 11th Annual Zocolo Book Prize
One of Time Magazine’s 100 Must Read Books of 2020
A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction 2020
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Presented by:

Katie O’Laughlin, Managing Librarian, Reference & Research, LA Law Library (