Round-Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880-1930 / Edition 1

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Overview

"Historians of migration will welcome Mark Wyman's new book on the elusive subject of persons who returned to Europe after coming to the United States. Other scholars have dealt with particular national groups . . . but Wyman is the first to treat . . . every major group . . . . Wyman explains returning to Europe as not just the fulfillment of original intentions but also the result of 'anger at bosses and clocks, nostalgia for waiting families,' nativist resentment and heavy-handed Americanization programs, and a complex of other problems. . . . Wyman's 'nine broad conclusions' about the returnees deserve to be read by everyone concerned with international migration."—Journal of American History

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"Historians of migration will welcome Mark Wyman's new book on the elusive subject of persons who returned to Europe after coming to the United States. Other scholars have dealt with particular national groups . . . but Wyman is the first to treat . . . every major group . . . . Wyman explains returning to Europe as not just the fulfillment of original intentions but also the result of 'anger at bosses and clocks, nostalgia for waiting families,' nativist resentment and heavy-handed Americanization programs, and a complex of other problems. . . . Wyman's 'nine broad conclusions' about the returnees deserve to be read by everyone concerned with international migration."—Journal of American History

"This book fills an important lacuna and will prove a welcome text for immigration history courses."—American Historical Review

"Wyman has written a fine book about the 4,000,000 or so European immigrants to the United States who arrived in this country between 1880 and 1930 and who chose to return to their native lands . . . . Even though much of the material is familiar, getting to look at it from another perspective is extraordinarily worthwhile."—Labor History

"A wide-ranging and carefully researched work . . . . In telling the story of 'temporary immigrants,' Wyman displays a historian's eye for the big picture and a journalist's ear for compelling anecdotes."—Journal of Economic History

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Three to four million Europeans who crossed the Atlantic from 1880 to 1930 turned their backs on the "land of opportunity" and went home again, this time to stay. Wyman presents a broad, narrative summary of this return migration, capturing the experience of many European ethnic and national groups. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801481123
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 898,282
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Migrants and Immigrants
1. A Two-Way Migration
2. Seasonal Migrations and the America Fever

Part Two: American Realities
3. Immigrants in an Industrializing Economy
4. Leaving the Land of Bosses and Clocks
5. Politics, Unions, and Postwar Americanism

Part Three: The Remigrant at Home
6. Peasants Back on the Land
7. Workers' Ideas Carried Back
8. Churches, Traditions, and the Remigrant

Part Four: A Round-Trip Journey Concluded
9. The America Trunk Comes Home

Major Sources
Notes
Index

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