Imported Americans. The story of the experiences of a disguised American and his wife studying the immigration question
by BRANDENBURG, Broughton
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1904. First Edition. The author went undercover to Italy, posing as a peasant emigré, to produce what is essentially a nativist exposé of the immigration "problem" and the underhanded methods employed by immigration agents. Originally published as a series of articles in Leslie's Magazine. Brandenburg was a popular muckracking journalist through the first decade of the 20th century, but his star seems to have begun to descend by 1909, when he was arrested on Grand Larceny for selling to a New York newspaper a clutch of forged letters purported to have been written by the late President Grover Cleveland. The same year he was charged in the abduction of his son by a previous marriage. By 1910 we find news reports of Brandenburg forging checks, and by 1912 he was a convict; he appears to have spent much of the rest of his life behind bars, though he did return to publishing as a writer of dime novels in the late 1920s. This a somewhat uncommon title; OCLC gives fewer than 10 locations. Octavo. Blue cloth boards (hardcover), stamped in gilt and colors on spine and front cover, with photo-pictorial onlay to front board; xi, 303pp; illus. Cloth covers lightly rubbed; private ownership label to front pastedown ("Frank A. Locke"), cover illustration a bit scratched and rubbed; Very Good. 31 inserted leaves of photographic plates (halftones). (Inventory #: 31492)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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