Immigration

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This engaging narrative chronicles the history of the immigration to America from the 1600s to the present. The author offers an in-depth exploration of the American immigration experience, including why people emigrated, what they left behind, and what they found when they arrived. He also delves into the immigrants' unique contributions to the history and culture of the nation. The book examines the legal and social aspects of immigration, beginning with the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the 1994 ...

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Overview

This engaging narrative chronicles the history of the immigration to America from the 1600s to the present. The author offers an in-depth exploration of the American immigration experience, including why people emigrated, what they left behind, and what they found when they arrived. He also delves into the immigrants' unique contributions to the history and culture of the nation. The book examines the legal and social aspects of immigration, beginning with the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the 1994 passage of Proposition 187 in California. Also featured are a brief chronology of immigration and the biographies of 45 important figures in American immigration history. The text is enhanced with photos, illustrations, and political cartoons, and a detailed bibliography is also included.

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Reviews the historical background of social aspects of American immigration, for high school and college students. Concentrates on voluntary immigration from the late 17th century to the late 20th century, and discusses immigrant groups from Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Includes b&w photos, biographies of important figures, a chronology of immigration, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897748735
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Social Issues in American History Series
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

L. EDWARD PURCELL is an independent historian, editor, and journalist who has written over a dozen books and numerous articles, many of them on historical topics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Scope and Character of American Immigration
Ch. 1 The First Europeans, Native Americans, and the Forced Immigration of Black Africans 1
Ch. 2 New Immigrants and a New Nation 13
Ch. 3 Building a Nation Through Immigration 23
Ch. 4 Millions from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean 43
Ch. 5 The Social Process 62
Ch. 6 The Nativist Movement and Immigration Restriction 72
Ch. 7 The Decline of Immigration 85
Ch. 8 The Drama of Modern Immigration 96
Biographies 111
Chronology 133
Glossary 143
Further Reading 148
Index 189
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