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Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1870-1920 [NOOK Book]

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The second "wave" of U.S. immigration, from 1870 to 1920, brought more than 26 million men, women, and children onto American shores. June Alexander's history of this great movement underscores the diversity of peoples who came to the United States in these years and emphasizes the important shifts in their geographic origins-from northern and western Europe to southern and eastern Europe-that led to the distinction between "old" and "new" immigrants in America.

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Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1870-1920

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Overview

The second "wave" of U.S. immigration, from 1870 to 1920, brought more than 26 million men, women, and children onto American shores. June Alexander's history of this great movement underscores the diversity of peoples who came to the United States in these years and emphasizes the important shifts in their geographic origins-from northern and western Europe to southern and eastern Europe-that led to the distinction between "old" and "new" immigrants in America.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The companion volume to James Bergquist's Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870, Alexander's book falls short of expectations. Exhaustive in its coverage and modest in its aims, the book brings together the latest scholarship about this classic period of immigration for general readers. It covers the shift of immigrants from northern, eastern and southern Europe as well as the opening of immigration from Asia, paying close attention to the anxieties and prejudices that their strangeness aroused. Alexander creates a tale of struggle, adaptation and success, but also of pain and loss. While Alexander claims to avoid an interpretive slant, she often portrays resident Americans in bad light, while laying strong and appropriate emphasis on the immigrants' geographic, occupational and economic mobility. Alexander carefully distinguishes between the customs and situations of the many nationalities that flooded the nation. Notably she examines the move to Western farms-a trend among some immigrants of avoiding cities. Although an overlooked aspect of immigrant history, Alexander often generalizes from the few particular stories she provides. However nicely written, the work lacks the color and life that it might otherwise have had.
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"Suitable for general readers as well as high school and undergraduate students."

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SciTech Book News

"Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1870-1920 paints a vivid picture of the immigrants' path to the United States and their life in their new land. Through historical narractive and primary sources, the author helps readers understand the lives of the immigrants, including their successes and disappointments….Black-and-white illustrations and photos, primary source documents, a chronology, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index are included."

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MultiCultural Review

"Daily Life in Immigrant America is a fine resource for college level courses. The prose is clearly written and readily understandable."

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Meet the Author

June Granatir Alexander teaches Russian and East European studies at the University of Cincinnati. She has also written Ethnic Pride, American Patriotism and The Immigrant Church and Community. She lives in Cincinnati.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chronology ix

Introduction: Getting a Perspective on Immigrant Daily Life 3

1 Immigration 1870 to 1920: A Historical Overview 11

2 Life on the Land: Immigrants in the American West 50

3 Life on the Job: Immigrants in the Industrial Workplace 97

4 Life in Urban America: Migrants and Immigrant Families 150

5 Life in Ethnic Communities: Immigrant Institutions and Businesses 189

6 Life in a Hostile World: Immigrants in World War I America 241

Notes 291

Glossary 295

For Further Reading 299

Index 315

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