Working Americans 1880-2017: Volume VIII: Immigrants updates the previous edition of Immigrants. The unique focus of this volume is that all of the individuals covered are immigrants - born in another country and traveled to America with the intention of living a better life here. It covers men, women, and children from a wide range of countries, social backgrounds, and professions. Some careers focus on fortune, some on fame, some on a regular paycheck, and some on no paycheck at all. All profiles, however, demonstrate the continuous challenge faced by immigrants in America, whether they push papers, teach students, make art, join the armed forces, or give facials.
Completely updated through 2017, this edition adds new coverage of the modern-day immigrant experience, plus new material on current issues and rhetoric surrounding the current immigration debate in America.
Following the format of previous volumes in the Working Americans series, the text examines first- and second-generation immigrant families, their search for identity, and the emotions they experience in a new land.
Stretching from the 1880s to the present time, this interesting volume uncovers all levels of the immigrant experience, from those that found success in the U.S. to those that regretted their decision and longed to return to their homeland, all in addition to the changing attitude of Americans towards immigrants.
Profiles are arranged chronologically, in decade chapters. Generally, each decade includes three profiles and averages 12 pages. Each profile includes:
- Brief Introduction & Photograph of the Subject
- Details About the Journey from the Subject's Native Land
- About the Transition to American Culture
- Historical Snapshot - a collection of first and significant events that happened in the year profiled.
- Selected Prices - present the cost of a number of everyday items
- Original Source Documents - including magazine and newspaper articles, speeches, letters, and diary entries
New to this edition, is a Facts & Figures section - 24 pages of current facts and statistics from the Office of Immigration Statistics - including information on U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, U.S. Naturalizations, and DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals). Further Reading and Index end the volume.
The text is presented in bulleted format, and supported by hundreds of graphics - from personal photographs to political material and advertisements. This volume celebrates those who have immigrated to America, chronicling both the progress they have made and the roadblocks they have faced. In a detailed fashion, the profiles and primary source materials help the reader reflect on immigrants and their transition not only into the workplace, but into a new country.
The Working Americans series has become an important reference for public, academic, and high school libraries. This brand-new edition, in print and online, will be a welcome addition to all types of reference collections.
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