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Introduction1 "Leprosy and Plague Riot in Their Blood": The Germination of a Thesis, 19062 Riots, Plague, and the Advent of Executive Exclusion3 "The Public Health Must Prevail": Enforcing Exclusion4 Amoebic and Social Parasites, 1910-135 South Asians, Public Health, and Eugenic Theory6 Franchise DeniedConclusionAppendixNotesBibliography

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Not Fit to Stay reveals how officials used panic about public-health concerns as a basis for excluding early twentieth-century South Asian immigrants from entering Canada and the United States.

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Sarah Isabel Wallace, PhD, is a lecturer in history at Trent University in Oshawa, Ontario. While a graduate student, she was awarded a Donald S. Rickerd Fellowship in Canadian-American studies. Her work has been published in the Canadian Historical Review and BC Studies.


Not Fit to Stay acquaints modern readers with the "hookworm strategy" of immigration law. The facts are raw. Historian Dr. Isabel Wallace is a skillful writer. The effect is startling. If bigotry is rooted in fear and economic despair, Wallace's research proves even the mildest society is capable of devising something akin to the Nuremberg Laws ... Not Fit To Stay is an extraordinary story, meticulously documented.-- Holly Doan * Blacklock's Reporter *

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