Passage to America: The Story of the Great Migrations

Passage to America: The Story of the Great Migrations

by Katherine B. Shippen

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Originally published in 1950, this is a comprehensive account of the peaks and troughs of migrations to America, beginning with its original formation of the nation through to the influx of Displaced Persons.

Relating the American migrations to great movements in world history on the one hand, and to the national ideal of freedom on the other, the author discusses national and cultural migrations specifically—the French, Dutch, Norwegians, Swedes, Germans, Irish, Chinese, Italians, Russians, Russian Jews, and the refugees and survivors of World War II.

“Stimulating reading for all young Americans, at home or in the classroom.”—Kirkus Review

“Passage to America was not written as propaganda, yet its very nature makes it a weapon fitted to any hand that is raised in the fight for freedom….It is good in these days to find a book that in strong but not bitter style denounces tyranny and, without any frantic flag-waving, upholds the democratic way of Life.”—Sunday Review of Literature

“A living story of the meaning of democracy. The narrative moves easily and smoothly, and the book should arouse the interest of anyone over twelve or thirteen who looks at it.”—The Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787208315
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 119
File size: 618 KB

About the Author

Katherine Binney Shippen (April 1, 1892 - February 20, 1980) was an American history teacher, museum curator, and children’s writer.

She was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1892 to Francis and Ellen Shippen. She earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1914 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1929. While studying for her master’s degree, Shippen taught history at the Beard School (now Morristown-Beard School) in Orange, New Jersey (1917-1926) and then at The Brearley School in Manhattan borough (1926-1935). She then served as the headmistress at Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School) in Princeton, New Jersey, for the next nine years.

In 1945, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum named Shippen curator of the social studies department. In the same year, she published her first book, New Found World, for which she won the Newbery Honor Award. She published 21 book titles throughout her career, including The Great Heritage (1947), The Bright Design (1949) and Men, Microscopes, and Living Things (1955) (later published under the title So Many Marvels in 1968), for which she won her second Newbery Honor Award. Several of her books have been translated into Swedish, German, Polish, Spanish, and Greek editions.

Shippen died in Suffern, New York in 1980, aged 87.

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