South America's Immigrants to the United States: The Flight from Turmoil (Hispanic Heritage Series)

South America's Immigrants to the United States: The Flight from Turmoil (Hispanic Heritage Series)

by Kenneth McIntosh, Marsha McIntosh, Marsha McIntosh
     
 

It used to be said that the United States was a "melting pot"—a place where immigrants from many different cultures came together and melded into one new American identity. Today, we realize that America is more like a salad bowl, where each food retains its own unique identity. Each person keeps her own individual cultural identity and yet each contributes to… See more details below

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It used to be said that the United States was a "melting pot"—a place where immigrants from many different cultures came together and melded into one new American identity. Today, we realize that America is more like a salad bowl, where each food retains its own unique identity. Each person keeps her own individual cultural identity and yet each contributes to make the United States a creative and exciting nation. Latinos are an important ingredient in the American salad. By the year 2050, Latino Americans will number 80 million. Cultural contributions of people whose ancestors came from south of the United States will be important in twenty-first-century America—and South Americans make up a flavorful segment of that population. South American immigrants come from a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds. Some are dark-skinned, dark-haired, Spanish-speakers. Others are fair-skinned, blue-eyed people of recent European ancestry. Some are pureblooded Inca Indians who speak their own ancient Quechua dialect. This book will allow you to sample the zest and variety South Americans add to the American salad.

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Children's Literature
Every year thousands of immigrants enter the United States from various countries in South America. Why do these people leave their homelands to journey thousands of miles to start a new life? In this illustrated volume in the "Hispanic Heritage" series readers are offered insights into that basic question. As the authors point out in this eye-opening book, many South American immigrants leave their native lands to seek a better and safer life in the USA. For immigrants from nations such as Columbia or Peru, a major impetus to migrate is or was the instability and danger associated with bloody civil wars. Other South American immigrants flee from nations wherein they are unable to support their families. For some South American immigrants, fleeing their original land is a matter of survival as they are political refugees seeking asylum. Whatever the reason, once in the United States, South Americans face a wide range of challenges and opportunities. In this title readers will both encounter a knowledgeable rendering of this factual back-story as well as the human interest side of it. Throughout this informative and moving book readers are repeatedly allowed to meet actual people who became immigrants. These first-hand stories fill in the blanks as to why and how South Americans come to the United States. This is a powerful story well told by Dr. Limon. 2006, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck

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ISBN-13:
9781590849309
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Mason Crest Hispanic Heritage Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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