Martin W. Sandler's Immigrants shows how the experiences of people who immigrated to the United States helped to shape its national identity and heritage. Millions of people from all over the world left their homelands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to come to the United States. Their journeys were often long and perilous, but to these huddled masses, the sight of the Statue of Liberty signified hope for a new beginning in their new home—America. Whether settling in city tenements or heading west for life on the frontier, these immigrants toiled to achieve the lives they had dreamed about. This book includes an author's note, index, and over one hundred vintage photographs, posters, and paintings from the archives of the Library of Congress. Immigrants reminds us of what becoming American meant to millions of people. 1997 Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC). Supports the Common Core State Standards.
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I found this wonderful book extremely helpful and interesting. It gave me most of the information I needed for a report. I enjoyed the great detail and photographs. It is full of interesting facts about immigrants. It follows their lives from their departure to America, the rough journey there, arriving in Ellis Island, being examined and questioned at the station, settling in America, and much more. It tells you about their homes, jobs, education, hardships, persecution, settling in the West, and how they contributed to our nation. It covers the great immigration wave from the 1800's to the mid 1900's. I was very pleased with this book. I feel it is even something even adults might want to read, and not just children. My favorite thing about this book is that on almost every page, there is a quote by a real immigrant. You can know how they felt about their experiences, what it was like, how people lived, and what they saw, in their own words. My favorite quote was one found written on a wall in Ellis Island. It read, "Why should I fear the fires of hell? I have been through Ellis Island."