Working Americans: Immigrants Review

“From many standpoints, this is a wonderful book… The chapters are consistent in format, covering life at home and at work as well as family budgets, incomes, and the prices of goods and services… Overall this volume is a great combination of history, economics, and sociology. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
“This is a wonderful teaching tool with an engaging layout and fact-filled content, perfect for secondary and post-secondary educators seeking to enliven history courses.”
-Library Journal
“…The volume is arranged by decade, and for each decade, two or three people who typify the immigrant experience are profiled. Accompanying the profiles are time lines, reproduction of period advertisements, excerpts from newspaper and magazine articles, and other items providing a sense of the period.”
“The accounts of the families make compelling reading. The overview of the decade that begins each chapter and the economic profile provided for each decade are useful for setting the context of the lives of the families examined. But it is the accounts of each family’s experiences that make for the most compelling reading. Although existing sources contain the economic data and major events of the decades covered, this volume is unique in that it puts a human face on the statistics…Each family profile also provides great insight into the manner in which the challenges and struggles of working-class families has changed across the decades. The volume ‘promises to enhance our understanding of the growth and development of the working class over more than a century.’ It capably fulfills this promise. This work will be a valuable tool for both researchers and educators. It is recommended for all types of libraries.”
“Studded with period photographs and advertisements, bulleted lists of enlightening details, and sidebars containing period magazine articles and diary entries, this is an extraordinary contextual tool for teachers.”
- Library Journal