Date of Award

Fall 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Alfred Rollins

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Committee Member

Lorraine Lees

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47T36


On July 27, 1952, the Congress of the United States of America passed, over President Harry s. Truman's veto, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, more commonly known as the McCarran-Walter Act. The act codified almost all existing laws relative to immigration and naturalization and newly incorporated more strict exclusion provisions.

This paper analyzes the legislative process from the passage of the act in 1952 to its major revision in 1965. The paper analyzes that the act was a mere reaffirmation of the pre-war immigration policy and thus not reappraisal or reformation in the drastically changed world milieu. The paper makes it clear that the major characteristics of the act did not conform to American principles of equality and fairness or to the American role of the world leadership, the realization of which enabled revision of the act in 1965.

The research is primarily based on public documents, such as the Public Papers of the Presidents, the committee reports and documents, the Congressional Record, and the Department of State Bulletin.


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