U. S. Immigration and Migration: Primary Sources (U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library Series)

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Part of a larger series on immigration, this volume contains 18 primary documents, each of them carefully introduced to assist the high school or beginning undergraduate student in contextualizing the work within the history of US immigration. The documents are presented in chronological order and include the Maryland Toleration Act, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, the Homestead Act of 1862, Ozawa v. United States, California Proposition 187, and an excerpt from Patrick Buchanan's The Death of the west. A concluding discussion and list of references are provided with each source. Together with this volume, a 2v. set of biographies, a 2v. almanac, and a cumulative index make up publisher's US Immigration and Migration Reference Library. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Gr 7-10-Almanac opens with an overview of immigration to and migration patterns within the U.S. and current theories about Pre-Columbian migrations to North America. Separate, well-written chronological chapters cover from the early arrival of the Spanish and English to the more recent immigration of Latino and Caribbean groups. Discussions examine the factors that pushed people from their homelands and pulled them to the U.S.; objective analysis about assimilation; and information about the contributions, current numbers, and locations of each subpopulation. The author also details voluntary and forced internal migrations within the U.S. These readable volumes offer much more background than Sandy Pobst's The Newest Americans (Greenwood, 2003). Biographies profiles 50 men and women who either immigrated to this country or influenced the debate on the treatment of immigrants. The balanced profiles are separately authored, so readability varies; while admiring of their subjects, the contributors also discuss their weaknesses. Sidebars provide additional information or quotes. In Primary Sources, the 17 excerpts begin with Lord Baltimore's 1649 Declaration of Religious Tolerance and end with Pat Buchanan's views on immigration policies. The letters, articles, government documents, Supreme Court rulings, and the reflections of authors such as Willa Cather and Mark Twain offer a wide variety of viewpoints. Each entry begins with a lengthy introduction that places the piece in historical context. While some of the sources can be difficult or dry reading they do illustrate how the document changed policies or influenced public opinion. Average-quality black-and-white illustrations appear throughout the set. Almanac is particularly strong, but all of these titles make solid report material.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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