Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts

Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts


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The latest book from the Immigrant Learning Center addresses some of the most prominent immigrant groups and the most striking episodes of nativism in American history. The introduction covers American immigration history and law as they have developed since the late eighteenth century. The essays that follow—authored by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists—examine the experiences of a large variety of populations to discover patterns in both immigration and anti-immigrant sentiment. The numerous cases reveal much about the immigrants’ motivations for leaving their home countries, the obstacles they face to advancement and inclusion, their culture and occupational trends in the United States, their assimilation and acculturation, and their accomplishments and contributions to American life.


Wayne Cornelius, University of California, San Diego * Anna Gressel-Bacharan, independent scholar * Nancy Foner, Hunter College * David W. Haines, George Mason University * Luciano J. Iorizo, SUNY Oswego * Alexander Kitroeff, Haverford College * Erika Lee, University of Minnesota * Deborah Dash Moore, University of Michigan * David M. Reimers, New York University * William G. Ross, Cumberland School of Law * Robert Zecker, Saint Francis Xavier University

Distributed for George Mason University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981877907
Publisher: George Mason University
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 590,796
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diane Portnoy is the founder, president, and CEO of the Immigrant Learning Center. Barry Portnoy is the founder and chairman of Reit Management and Research, LLC, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Immigrant Learning Center. Charlie Riggs is a PhD candidate in History at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: Immigrant Struggles 1

German Americans 15

Irish Americans 37

Italian Americans 55

Chinese Americans 75

Eastern European Americans 97

Jewish Americans 117

Greek Americans 141

Refugees 159

Black West Indian Americans 177

Mexican Americans 193

Muslim Americans 211

Conclusion: Immigrant Gifts 229

Contributor Biographies 240

Editor Biographies 243

Photograph and Illustration Credits 244

Index 248



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