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The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920

The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920

by Kevin Hillstrom, Laurie Hillstrom


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780810709
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Series: Defining Moments Series
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kevin Hillstrom is an independent scholar and the author of numerous books on American history, politics, and environmental issues, including The Cold War, Defining Moments: Workers Unite!, and The Industrial Revolution. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

How to Use This Book xi

Narrative Overview

Prologue 3

Chapter 1 Immigration to America Before the Civil War 7

Chapter 2 The Great Wave 21

Chapter 3 The Voyage to America 31

Chapter 4 Ellis Island 43

Chapter 5 The Melting Pot 61

Chapter 6 Shutting the Golden Door 79

Chapter 7 Immigration from the 1920s to the Present 95


Advocate for Immigrants and Founder of Hull House Jane Addams 117

Co-founder of the Immigration Restriction League Prescott F. Hall 121

U.S. Senator Who Championed Immigrant Rights George Frisbie Hoar 124

Leading Advocate of Immigration Restrictions in Congress Henry Cabot Lodge 127

Commissioner General of Immigration, 1897-1902 Terence V. Powderly 132

Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, 1905-1909 Robert Watchorn 135

Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, 1902-1905 and 1909-1913 William Williams 138

Primary Sources

A Labor Leader Warns Against the "Chinese Invasion" 145

A Defense of Chinese Immigrants in America 148

A Native-Born American Lashes Out at East European Immigrants 152

The "Horrors" of Steerage 156

A Long and Difficult Journey 163

Forging a New Identity in America 172

Coolidge Signs the Immigration Act of 1924 180

A Criticism of "Guest Worker" Proposals 182

A Proposal to Increase Legal Immigration 185

"A Yearning That Is Timeless" 188

Important People, Places, and Terms 191

Chronology 195

Sources for Further Study 199

Bibliography 201

Photo and Illustration Credits 203

Index 205

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