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Major American Immigration

The subject of immigration is one that is discussed daily by political figures and the news media. This series takes an in-depth look at a number of important immigrant groups in North America. Readers will learn about the challenges facing immigrants and the many ways in which these groups have helped shape North America. In addition, relevant topics, such as the wall being constructed between the United States and Mexico, are discussed.

16 volumes
2009
12 & up
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
"The chapters are short and easy to read, the sidebars are informative, and the chronology is helpful." "...the books make an honest attempt to tell the story of how North America became a cultural tapestry."
VOYA
"What's most impressive about the Major American Immigration series is its scope: the 16 volumes (including everything from The Cuban Americans to The Polish Americans) mark a significant effort in addressing this sprawling topic." "...the text is informative, with illustrative sidebars featuring important biographies and concepts." "Back matter includes lists of notable immigrants, which adds to the sense of hope that pervades much of the series."
Booklist
Citizenship: Rights and Responsibilities
by Rob Maury

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Whether you were born in America or arrived only recently, this book provides an easy-to-read overview of the rights of U.S. citizens. People who hope to become new citizens must study hard and pass a test. Find out what some of the questions are, and see how well you can answer them. You may learn things about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights that will surprise you. This book also provides information about the U.S. government and how it works. The book is a fine introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America.

History of American Immigration
by Peter A. Hammerschmidt

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Whether you call it a melting pot, a patchwork quilt, or an ethnic stew, America is like no other place in the world because of the remarkable diversity of its population. All of the ethnic groups that arrived on America's shores brought their own cultures, languages, foods, holidays, and religious views. This, in turn, has made North America truly a "land of immigrants." This book provides an overview of immigration to the United States and Canada. It describes experiences common to most immigrants, regardless of their country of origin-including the struggle to hold on to old customs in a new land, and the difficulties of overcoming prejudice and discrimination.

The African Americans
by Richard Bowen

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In the story of immigration to North America, the Africanexperience is unique. Unlike most immigrants, who willingly cameto America in search of a better life, Africans were first brought hereforcibly aboard European slave ships. This book traces the path ofAfrican immigration to North America, from the beginning of theslave trade to African Americans\' quest for equal opportunity andfair treatment in the latter part of the 20th century.

The Arab Americans
by Bob Temple

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Over the decades, religious strife, political turmoil, and poor economic conditions in the Middle East drove tens of thousands of Arabs to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life. Many prospered in their new country, starting successful businesses and becoming an integral part of the American melting pot. But since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Arab Americans have found themselves under a pall of suspicion. This book examines the history of Arab immigration-and considers the future of the Arab-American community in a time of heightened tensions.

The Chinese Americans
by Marissa Lingen

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Like other immigrant groups, the Chinese came to North America in search of a better life. They sought to escape poverty and a harsh government. During the 19th century, hardworking Chinese immigrants helped build America's railroads and mine gold and silver. However, they often suffered persecution at the hands of white Americans, many of whom feared that the Chinese would take their jobs. In 1882, the U.S. Congress passed a law designed to restrict immigration from China. Further legislation virtually shut off Chinese immigration in the 1920s. Still, Chinese Americans found ways to prosper. This book explores the experiences of Chinese immigrants in North America, from the earliest arrivals to the Chinese Americans' place today as a thriving segment of the population.

The Cuban Americans
by Laura M. Hahn

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The 1959 overthrow of Cuba's dictator, Fulgencio Batista, by the forces of Fidel Castro unleashed a wave of emigration. Most who left the island nation-which lies just 90 miles from Key West, Florida-headed for the United States. And, because Castro was a Communist who repressed Cuba's more prosperous citizens, the Cubans who arrived in the United States in the first years of the Castro regime came primarily from the upper and middle classes. Later, however, Cubans from all socioeconomic groups sought to escape their country's harsh government-often by making the perilous journey across the Straits of Florida in makeshift boats. In 1980, Castro allowed more than 125,000 citizens to leave Cuba from the port city of Mariel, adding to the already-large Cuban-American population in south Florida. Today, Cuban Americans number in the millions. They make up one of the most vibrant and prosperous immigrant communities in the United States.

The German Americans
by Peg Ashbrock

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Today, more Americans claim German ancestry than claim ancestry from any other ethnic group. Driven by overpopulation, poverty, and constant warfare among neighboring religious factions, large-scale emigration from Germany occurred in the 18th and 19th centuries. Once in America, German immigrants found prosperity in farming, industry, and science. Germans played a considerable role in shaping agricultural life in America, and-as demonstrated by popular festivals and celebrations such as Oktoberfest and German-American Day-German culture continues to have a strong influence in the fabric of American society.

The Irish Americans
by Brenda Haugen

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The Irish have always held strong ties to their small island country in the North Atlantic. However, when famine and disease ravaged Ireland during the mid-19th century, millions left their country hoping to make a fresh start elsewhere. Traveling to the United States and Canada, the Irish faced many difficulties as they tried to build their new lives. Today, the descendants of Irish immigrants are among the largest ethnic groups in North America. Irish Americans have become great writers, powerful political figures, sports stars, and popular entertainers. This book looks at the contributions of the Irish Americans who have helped build Canada and the United States during the past two centuries.

The Italian Americans
by Richard Bowen

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During the 19th century, an outdated aristocracy and poor farming conditions throughout the southern part of Italy drove many poor Italians to immigrate to North America in search of a better life. Like most immigrant groups, the Italians endured prejudice and discrimination in the United States before finally being accepted. This book provides an in-depth look at the Italian immigrant experience in America. It explains how early arrivals help make conditions better for later immigrants. The book also examines the prominent role Italian Americans have had in shaping the society we live in today.

The Japanese Americans
by Jennifer Contino

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The experience of Japanese immigrants to North America was very different from that of other groups. In the 19th century Japan was a highly structured, isolated society. Little by little, however, Japanese students, scientists, and officials were allowed to come to the United States. The country's peasants were heavily taxed to pay for these trips. This in turn caused the peasants to leave-but in secret. After Japan's military attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and placed in detention camps. Read about the journey of Japanese immigrants and how they have overcome extreme discrimination and hardships to become a vital part of American society today.

The Jewish Americans
by Marissa Lingen

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Most Jews who immigrated to North America did so to escape persecution and to find a place where they could practice their religion freely. Unlike many immigrant groups, Jews did not come to North America primarily from a single country. Rather, they came from many different lands, including Russia, Germany, Poland, and Spain. Once in the United States and Canada, Jewish immigrants struggled to maintain their faith and follow traditional ways. They also faced considerable prejudice. This book tells the story of Jewish migration to North America during the 19th and 20th centuries. It also examines the remarkable contributions Jewish people have made to American society and culture.

The Korean Americans
by Tamra Orr

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Hoping to escape the tyranny of the Japanese government, which controlled their country during the 19th century, many Koreans made the hard decision to leave their homes-and sometimes their entire families-to find a better, more successful life in the United States or Canada. From the Hawaiian plantation workers to the industrious shopkeepers of today, Korean Americans have overcome prejudice and hardship to become a thriving part of North American culture.

The Mexican Immigrants
by Linda Wade

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Most of the biggest ethnic groups in North America today were established through large-scale immigration from Europe or Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Mexican-American community is different. The bulk of Mexican immigration to the United States has taken place over the past 50 years. And Mexicans continue arriving in large numbers, both legally and illegally. Today, immigration is a controversial subject on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. This book examines the history of Mexican immigration and gives an up-to-date look at the issues.

The Native Americans
by Richard Bowen

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Native Americans may technically have "immigrated" to North America across the Bering land bridge thousands of years ago. However, they are not really an immigrant group in the traditional sense. Native Americans were here long before a European ever set foot in North America. They are included in this series because the impact that European immigration had on their cultures and their way of life is striking and profound. In their quest for more and more land, European immigrants pushed Native Americans off their ancestral lands and forced them onto reservations. Today, the more than 2.5 million Native Americans living in the United States and Canada are still struggling to find their place in countries that have become largely lands of immigrants. This book provides information about the native cultures of North America and explains what factors led to the dominance of more recent arrivals to the continent.

The Polish Americans
by Donna Lock

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Polish emigrants left their homeland for many of the same reasons as did other ethnic groups: poverty, religious intolerance, hardship, and a strict government. Yet in America's melting pot, the Polish have maintained a stronger hold on their traditions and customs than most of the other immigrant groups that arrived in North America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This is due in part to the closeness of the ethnic Polish neighborhoods that grew up in the industrial cities where many immigrants settled. Today, prominent Polish-American associations work to ensure that people with Polish ancestry will never forget their proud heritage.

The Russian Americans
by Richard Bowen

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In Russia, as in other parts of Europe, people began leaving their homeland for North America during the 19th century. Some left because they wanted to build a better life for themselves and their families. Others were forced to leave because of the harsh policies of Russia's czarist rulers. After Russia's last czar was overthrown and a Communist government came into power and set up the Soviet Union in the early decades of the 20th century, large numbers of upper- and middle-class Russians fled the country. For many years during the Cold War, the Soviet government refused to permit immigration to the United States. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, Russians again began coming to America in significant numbers. Russian immigrants have added their unique culture, language, and experiences to the American way of life.




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