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Americans from Russia and Eastern Europe
     

Americans from Russia and Eastern Europe

by Gail Garfinkel Weiss
 

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and it still is. Each year, hundreds of thousands of new Americans come to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their families. Their assimilation is not always easy, but they bring with them new customs and traditions that enrich American culture.

The collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union

Overview

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and it still is. Each year, hundreds of thousands of new Americans come to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their families. Their assimilation is not always easy, but they bring with them new customs and traditions that enrich American culture.

The collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the late twentieth century brought a new wave of immigrants from that part of the world. From Internet entrepreneurs to sports superstars, they are making an impact on American life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
As a nation of immigrants, we welcome hopeful citizens from all corners of the world. While some of these individuals have challenges finding others who speak their language and share their customs, some immigrants are able to move into established ethnic communities and have an easier time adjusting. A large group of these immigrants comes from Russia and eastern European countries such as Poland. Part of the "New Americans" series, this book relates information about this group of immigrants. The first chapter discusses the Russian and eastern European-American community today and relates facts documented by the Census Bureau about where these immigrants mainly settle and why they come to the United States. Chapter two describes the history of earlier generations and their struggle for acceptance and work. Subsequent chapters detail current numbers and conditions and the impact that eastern European immigrants have on the culture in the United States. Sidebars throughout the book relate individual stories such as that of jazz musician, Tomasz Stanko, as well as historical events of significance. The final chapter looks to the future, discussing assimilation and the current political situation for those who have families in their former home countries. Appendices include pages of facts, a glossary of the bolded terms in the chapters, a bibliography including web sources, and an index. The series is very useful in social studies units. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These titles all look at communities in America today, detailing earlier generations of immigrants and current arrivals who are making new lives, changing the American culture, and looking to the future. Each title includes many full-color photos, maps, and charts. Sidebars and subheadings break up the texts. All of the books do a good job of helping readers to understand the differences between undocumented and documented immigrants and describe the citizenship process. The topics of racism, stereotypes, and other issues related to integration into American society are sensitively covered. While there is some value in the regional clumping of these titles, it creates some concerns as well. West African Americans, for example, only has statistics of immigrants from Nigeria. This is certainly the largest group, but the resulting heavy focus on that country serves to mask some of the diversity of the region. These are books that will most likely be used for reports.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761443100
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Cavendish New Americans Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.83(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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