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They escaped from oppression and poverty in Russia, Poland, Germany, and many other parts of Europe, and settled mainly in America’s large cities. With Jewish immigration to America came their rich family and religious traditions, and their abiding respect for the arts and sciences, inspiring many among them to great achievement in these fields. Biographical sketches include Albert Einstein, the Guggenheim family, Isaac Stern, Saul Bellow, and others.

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Overview

They escaped from oppression and poverty in Russia, Poland, Germany, and many other parts of Europe, and settled mainly in America’s large cities. With Jewish immigration to America came their rich family and religious traditions, and their abiding respect for the arts and sciences, inspiring many among them to great achievement in these fields. Biographical sketches include Albert Einstein, the Guggenheim family, Isaac Stern, Saul Bellow, and others.

• This important new series documents and dramatizes the immigration experience of untold numbers of men, women, and children who arrived in America from the four corners of the world. As they assimilated into American society, they enriched the nation’s character and experience. Many of America’s immigrants passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Center in New York Harbor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. What were the initial hopes and fears of these new arrivals? Where did they first settle, and what kinds of work did they find? Which elements from their various cultures have since blended into the national scene and helped reshape what has become modern America? The first titles in this dramatic series bring alive the experiences of four important ethnic groups, with contemporary photos and first-person accounts of their dramatic, life-changing experiences. Readers glimpse each group’s social customs, family life, traditional food and drink, festivals, and much more. There are also brief but vivid capsule biographies of famous individuals who rose to prominence from each ethnic group. Approximately 150 illustrations in each book.

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Gr 4-7-Straightforward histories of specific individuals or groups of people who came to America. Boyle discusses the horrific Atlantic passage experienced by those in chains and incorporates a number of firsthand accounts of slavery. He also covers the African-American fight for freedom and civil rights. Stein addresses oppression and poverty in Russia, Poland, Germany, and other parts of Europe. Discussions of the transatlantic journey, passing through Ellis Island, and the process of immigrants establishing themselves as Americans are also included. Each book presents information on writers, singers, actors, sports figures, politicians, and other individuals, though not necessarily immigrants themselves, who have had an impact on American culture. The experiences of African Americans and Jewish Americans are also covered in the "Cultures of America" series (Benchmark). While current issues and problems are not discussed in these two titles, each one has an excellent chapter on "Family and Community." The books are rich in quality color and black-and-white archival photographs and reproductions, but the font size is small and even smaller in the narrative inserts and captions.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764156267
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: Coming to America
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Stein is a historian and a member of the faculty at the State University of New York. He teaches American history and specializes in the history of welfare reform in the United States.

• Barry Moreno is a historian at New York’s famous Ellis Island Museum, site of America’s most important early-twentieth-century immigration center.

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