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Atlas of American migration
Flanders, Stephen A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 atlas (ix, 214 pages) : illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
General Note:
Shows statistical charts, graphs, tables and chronologies.
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Central Library G1201.E27 F5 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
Clarence Library G1201.E27 F5 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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Maps trace human migration in America, including pre-Columbian Native Americans, European immigrants, slavery, and population movements after World War II.

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This source, rather than having an alphabetical or chronological arrangement, is divided into 10 thematic chapters, from "A Shifting Mosaic: America and Migration," to "The Suburban Frontier: Migration Since 1945." Intervening chapters cover such topics as slavery, Native American migration, the settlement of the West, and the move to the cities after 1890. Each chapter is an extended essay that is broken into various headings and subheadings. The most important features of the atlas are the many tables, graphs, and maps. For example, chapter two, "The Earliest Americans: Pre-Columbian Migration," has a time line as well as maps showing, among other things, settlement in the Pre-Columbian Southwest, distribution of the Mississippi Temple Mound culture, Norse exploration, and Native American language families. The chapter on American slavery, entitled "Migration in Chains," includes the maps "Underground Railroad," "Slave Revolt and Flight," and "Slavery's Westward Migration after 1820," among others. All maps were created especially for this volume. Data in charts and tables were drawn primarily from sources such as the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. The volume concludes with a selected bibliography, mostly of secondary sources, and an index. The index would be improved if it identified the illustrations, maps, and other graphics that are listed. We the People: An Atlas of America's Diversity (Macmillan, 1988) also looks at migration patterns in the U.S. A more scholarly source, it is now somewhat out-of-date. Atlas of American Migration contains information up to the mid-1990s. Because of its arrangement, libraries may be tempted to put it in the circulating collection. However, it contains many valuable maps and statistics for reference use in high-school, public, and academic libraries.



Presenting all aspects of migration from the earliest Americans to the present, the Atlas of American Migration depicts how immigration and internal migration played a central role in American history. Weaving together a rich source of learning devices, including primary sources (personal narratives and diaries, and extracts from speeches, folk songs, treaties, and legislation), biographies, chronologies, and timelines, this atlas explores the migration of Native Americans, African Americans, Eastern Europeans, South Americans, and peoples of the Caribbean. Meeting the requirements of the new history curricula, the Atlas of American Migration emphasizes the perspectives and everyday experiences of the men, women, and groups that immigrated to and migrated around the United States. This interdisciplinary atlas also discusses how the railroad, the steamship, and the station wagon influenced migration. All major historical aspects and issues are covered, including significant political developments, U.S. migration policy and key treaties, legislation, and court cases. Chapters include: • The Earliest Americans • The New World: Colonial Migration • Open Door and Endless Room • Westward Expansion • Trail of Tears: Native American Removal • Up from Slavery: The African-American Experience • European Immigration • Latin American Immigration • Asian Immigration • African and Middle Eastern Immigration • From Farms to Cities • Postwar America on the Move. A wealth of maps, photos, graphs, and charts complement the text and enable readers to envision the faces and places of American migration. Excerpted from Atlas of American Migration by Stephen A. Flanders All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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