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British Brother's League - The Alien Immigrant. Major Evans-Gordon, MP

British Brothers League - The Alien Immigrant.  Major William Eden Evans-Gordon, MP.    William Heinemann, London, 1903, first edition,  323 pages, illustrated.  Hostile study of Alien, mainly Jewish Immigration.  Some age tanning to pages, otherwise a very good copy, extensively illustrated

Major Sir William Eden Evans-Gordon (1857 31 October 1913) was a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP). As a soldier he had served on the North-West Frontier. He was originally commissioned into the 67th Foot, but later transferred to the Madras Staff Corps and was attached to the Indian Government.

As MP for Stepney Evans-Gordon represented a constituency that saw a lot of immigration during the late 19th century and early 20th century and as a result he became known as one of the most vocal critics at the time, commenting that 'a storm is brewing which, if it is allowed to burst, will have deplorable results'. First elected to Parliament in the 1900 general election, Evans-Gordon had campaigned on a platform of limiting immigration from Eastern Europe, notably that of Jews, many of whom had moved to his constituency.[2] His campaign proved a success as he won the seat by overturning what had previously been a Liberal majority. Once elected he continued his theme of anti-immigrant rhetoric, claiming in 1902 that 'not a day passes but English families are ruthlessly turned out to make room for foreign invaders. The rates are burdened with the education of thousands of foreign children.'

Evans-Gordon, with the support of the British Brothers League with which he co-operated closely, was instrumental in setting up a Royal Commission on immigration to which he was appointed chairman. He had travelled extensively in Eastern Europe and had recorded evidence of Jewish settlements that he presented to the Commission, claiming that the hardships the immigrants had told of were exaggerated. His book on the subject, The Alien Immigrant (1903), which included extensive maps of his travels and reports of his findings, was used as a central piece of evidence in the inquiry. This resulted in the Aliens Act 1905, which placed restrictions on Eastern European immigration.


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