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Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America—with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country.
With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go-to resource for every child, teacher, and librarian discussing the complex history of immigration.
America is a nation of immigrants. People have come to the United States from around the world seeking a better life and more opportunities, and our country would not be what it is today without their contributions.
From writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to scientists like Albert Einstein, to innovators like Elon Musk, this book honors the immigrants who have changed the way we think, eat, and live. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of the progress we’ve made, and the work that is still left to be done.
This volume tackles the seesaw history of U.S. immigration: "Debates over immigration have been noisy and emotional.... This book tries to explain why." Krull (The Only Woman in the Photo) begins by pointing out that the people often thought of as "settlers" were actually immigrants. From there, she traces continuous waves of immigration to the country German groups in the 18th century, Chinese and Irish Catholics in the 19th century, and Cuban refugees in 1980, among others tracking the oscillation of public opinion and government policy between acceptance and rejection. Key pieces of U.S. legislation, shaped by fear and inclusive idealism, are discussed, from the white-men-only 1790 Naturalization Law through the 1965 Hart-Cellar Act abolishing racial quotas, up to President Trump's family separation policy. Capsule biographies of U.S. immigrants (from Trump's grandfather to Larissa Martinez, an undocumented high school student) punctuate the chapters. Throughout, Krull's efforts are complicated by choices that range from problematic to debatable (an uncritically positive view of "assimilation," for example), dulling the luster of Krull's otherwise persuasive argument that "America came from nothing to be what it is today because of immigrants." Ages 8 12.