Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870

Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870

by James M. Bergquist, Ivan R. Dee
     
 

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Early-nineteenth-century America experienced the first wave of immigration after Independence, when Germans, Irish, English, Scandinavians, and, on the West Coast, even Chinese began to arrive in significant numbers. These new settlers had a profound impact on such national developments as westward expansion, urban growth, industrialization, city and national politics… See more details below

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Early-nineteenth-century America experienced the first wave of immigration after Independence, when Germans, Irish, English, Scandinavians, and, on the West Coast, even Chinese began to arrive in significant numbers. These new settlers had a profound impact on such national developments as westward expansion, urban growth, industrialization, city and national politics, and the Civil War.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

With calm authority and unfaltering clarity, Bergquist has written the best history ever of his subject: immigration into the United States after its colonial settlement and before the great surge through Ellis Island. What marks this book is its mix of the necessary facts (laws, policies and numbers) with deftly-told stories of individual immigrants, whose experiences offer glimpses into the struggles that most new Americans faced. The book covers the entire nation, taking into account Chinese laborers as well as Europeans. At the story's center, Bergquist brings to light the Germans-a group as prominent as the Irish yet whose diversity and divisions often relegate it to the shadows. While none of this is new, Bergquist, professor emeritus of history at Villanova, conveys it with an uncommonly easy touch. The necessary analyses don't overwhelm the story, while relevant tales of hardship, adaptation, and triumph give appealing texture to the larger picture. The perfect history for those who want to learn more about the peopling of the US. (An accompanying volume, by June Granatir Alexander, covering the years 1870-1920, is being published simultaneously.)
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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- This well-written title examines the impact of immigration on the broad path of history while also presenting its effect on families and individuals through firsthand accounts that convey experiences and varied degrees of success and failure. The opening chapter presents an overview of the era, introducing the "pushes" and "pulls" that affected immigration, supported by relevant statistics. It is followed by chapters such as "Leaving Home, 1820-1845" and "Changing Immigrant Cultures, 1820-1855" in which Bergquist discusses the economic, religious, and social factors that influenced emigration, highlighting differences in countries and conditions while also pointing out common themes. The tightly structured narrative moves deftly over time and across oceans, making it easy for students to keep track of the complex subject matter. Fairly extensive passages of historical background provide useful context. Practical details involving everything from lodging conditions to the relative sizes of ships also help make the historical experiences tangible. Occasional illustrations from the period, mostly from magazines, provide some visual context. There are no charts or tables, but a seven-page chronology shows some statistical trends effectively. This is a thorough, balanced, and well-organized presentation, offering useful specifics as well as broader, far-reaching concepts.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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"This well-written title examines the impact of immigration on the broad path of history while also presenting its effects on families and individuals through firsthand accounts that convey experiences and varied degrees of success and failure….The tightly structured narrative moves deftly over time and across oceans, making it easy for students to keep track of the complex subject matter. Fairly extensive passages of historical background provide useful context. Practical details involving everything from lodging conditions to the relative sizes of ships also help make the historical experiences tangible….This is a thorough, balanced, and well-organized presentation offering useful specifics as well as broader, far-reaching concepts."

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School Library Journal

"This series provides high school and college students and the general reader with detailed information about people in the United States from the pre-colonial up to the present. Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870, recreates the world of immigrants from Northern and Western Europe. This volume contains a comprehensive chronology with almost six dozen entries that begins in 1815 and ends in 1871."

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MultiCultural Review

"This book is a well-written, encyclopedic guide to the daily life of ordinary immigrants into the United States during the nineteenth century…Bergquist skillfully looks at the small and routine features of daily life that appear to change little over generations. He examines the social, religious, and family structures within the various immigrant communities… The author is sensitive to regional, ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender differences when making generalizations about the time period; for that reason, this is a valuable work that can be recommended for all libraries."

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ARBA

"The best parts of this book are those that personalize the story with first-person accounts. . . . Bergquist does a fine job of constructing out of disparate materials composite images of life among the immigrants. One comes away with an enhanced understanding that not all immigrant stories are ones of success."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313065354
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2007
Series:
Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series: Daily Life in the United States Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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