Haliburton provides background material about the many immigrant groups who came to America from this region. They all hoped for a better life. The actual stories of immigrants and how they overcame obstacles is revealed in sidebars that feature primary source material (excerpts from letters, diaries, articles, poems, etc.). It is a great concept, and an interesting approach, but the text is not particularly lively. Part of the "Coming to America" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Halliburton looks at immigrants who have come to the U.S. from areas that were formerly part of the British West Indies in the Caribbean. He begins with a composite picture of a family from Jamaica settling in Brooklyn, New York. Subsequent chapters provide a brief overview of the history of the islands, including revolts by slaves and their eventual freedom. Emigration at the turn of the 20th century is sketched, as are West-Indian experiences past and present. The accurate, informative text is made more appealing by the use of full-color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs, both contemporary and archival. A useful introduction.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Mary Harris Veeder
After a brief introduction to American immigration in general, Halliburton turns to the story of one Jamaican family's coming to America in the 1980s. Subsequent chapters return to the history of the Caribbean and discuss how emigration to America was a part of that world. Halliburton includes the names of prominent figures, such as Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley, but he does a better job with background on Harlem and the ways American racial discrimination differed from Caribbean attitudes toward racial difference. Suggestions for further readings make the book, which is part of the Coming to America series, even more useful to students.