This clearly written book covers the history of immigration from the first people to settle America to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Unemotional text describes the many reasons for emigration to the United States and follows changes in patterns over time. Both sides of controversial issues such as the Patriot Act are discussed in objective language. Though the information is thorough and accurate, it is overwhelming, and the resulting litany of facts does little to engage readers' imaginations. The textbook format is unappealing and the historical photographs are too few and too small to make any significant impact. A more engaging approach can be found in titles focusing on the experiences of specific groups, such as the "Immigrant Experience" series (Chelsea House) or the older but still valuable "American Family Albums" series (Oxford Univ.).
Carole PhillipsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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