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Facts about American immigration
Brownstone, David M.
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New York : H.W. Wilson, [2001]

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xxx, 818 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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JV6465 .B73 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference

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The massive, worldwide emigration to the United States has been a major feature of world history for more than five centuries and into the present day. Facts About American Immigration explores this extraordinary saga, focusing on who came to the U.S. and from where, their reasons for coming, the nature of their journey, and where they settled, starting with the earliest Americans, who crossed the Bering Land Bridge into Alaska between 12,000 and 15,000 B.C.

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Booklist Review

This publication illustrates Wilson's continual focus on editorial quality and provision of thorough, up-to-date reference sources. Beginning with the earliest Americans, who crossed the Bering Land Bridge to Alaska between 12,000 and 15,000 B.C.E., Facts about American Immigrationfocuses on who came and from where, why they came, the nature of their journeys, where they settled, and the many efforts to stop them. An overview, which includes extensive statistical data, places the process of immigration in a wide historical and global context. The main text delves into immigration experiences, numbers, and motives by region of emigration including Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania. Each of these sections contains a brief introduction to the region and a series of articles on specific countries or groups of countries. Articles include tables and graphs as well as lists of additional Internet and print resources. "Annual Immigration Statistics," generated from U.S. government records, are presented in a section of tables. Six appendixes provide information on general immigration resources, legislation, estimates of emigration and illegals, tips on genealogical research, and two guides on using the National Archives and Records Administration. A detailed index completes the volume. This informative and practical guide is recommended in particular for public libraries. Facts about American Immigrationwill be useful in high-school and undergraduate libraries as well. RBB.

Choice Review

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free." Emma Lazarus's famous poem, "The New Colossus," inscribed at the entrance to the Statue of Liberty, captures the essence of US immigration policy for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Brownstone and Franck document the immigration process in a reference book that will be a valuable source for anyone interested in this topic. They begin with a substantive overview of the process, focusing in the following five sections on immigration from various continents and from individual countries. The volume concludes with a section on annual immigration statistics, six appendixes, a glossary, and a detailed index. Laced into each section and chapter are an assortment of bibliographies, photographs, and drawings. Of greatest value are the 168 tables and 241 graphs that provide specific details of the immigration experience. Like Emma Lazarus's poem, Facts about American Immigration reminds everyone what it means to be an American. Recommended for all libraries. T. Walch Hoover Presidential Library