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.
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Today, prominent Polish-American associations work to ensure that
people with Polish ancestry will never forget their proud heritage.
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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