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Immigration : from the founding of Virginia to the closing of Ellis Island
Wepman, Dennis.
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New York : Facts on File, [2002]

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xvii, 430 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
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Bracketed series from jacket.
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Author Notes

Dennis Wepman is a freelance writer and editor. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Miami and an M.A. in linguistics from Columbia University. Wepman is the author of 12 nonfiction books, including The Struggle for Freedom and Africa: The Struggle for Independence, as well as numerous articles on art and popular culture

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Booklist Review

These entries in the Eyewitness History series combine firsthand accounts (letters, diary entries, speeches, newspaper articles) with official documents, brief biographies, maps, and more.

Choice Review

Wepman's book follows the format of earlier volumes in Facts on File's "Eye Witness to History" series. Each chapter begins with a brief historical essay that includes supportive contemporary illustrations and photographs and a chronology of events. The substance of each chapter is the "Eyewitness Testimony," which introduces students to the use of primary documents. Testimonies include excerpts from government publications, period newspapers and magazines, published journals and memoirs, and other primary source material. This resource is enhanced with an extensive bibliography and three supportive appendixes, which include full and partial texts of government publications, brief biographical sketches of major figures, and a final appendix of maps, graphs, and tables. Chapters are organized by chronological periods. Unfortunately, the editorial decision to conclude with the closing of Ellis Island forces the author to deal with important contemporary immigration issues in an epilogue. Highly recommended for high school and undergraduate students as a resource for the use of primary sources. J. H. Pollitz St. Ambrose University



It can be said that American immigration started in 1607, when the first settlers joined the original colonists on the shores of America. Since then, people of every nation, ethnicity, and class have come to the United States, looking for freedom, prosperity, and stability. While originally immigrants flowed freely into the United States, over time many second- and third-generation Americans began to object to new arrivals competing for the same jobs and living quarters. This resentment influenced legislation on immigration and quotas, as well as creating a hostile environment for people searching for the same dreams as had the parents and grandparents of the established Americans. While the issue is complex, immigration has always been a major influence on the United States, and even today, the country continues to be the land of opportunity for people from around the world. Immigration provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period--from diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper articles--that illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Among the eyewitness testimonies included are those of Powhatan, William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Cabot Lodge, Emma Lazarus, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and John F. Kennedy. In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes such critical documents as the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Johnson-Reed Act, and the McCarran-Walter Act as well as capsule biographies of 95 key figures, a bibliography, an index, nine maps and graphs, and more than 95 black-and-white photographs. Excerpted from Immigration: From the Founding of Virginia to the Closing of Ellis Island by Dennis Wepman 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
1. Colonists and Immigrants: 1607-1700p. 1
2. The Colonies Expand: 1701-1775p. 32
3. The American Revolution and After: 1776-1813p. 62
4. Beginnings of Mass Immigration: 1814-1860p. 90
5. The Civil War and After: 1861-1880p. 128
6. The "New Immigration": 1881-1918p. 160
7. The "Immigrant Problem" and the Federal Government: 1890-1921p. 206
8. The Door Closes: 1922-1946p. 241
9. Some Windows Open: 1946-1954p. 274
Epilogue: After Ellis Island: 1955 and Beyondp. 297
Appendix A Documentsp. 329
Appendix B Biographies of Major Personalitiesp. 346
Appendix C Maps, Graphs, and Tablesp. 362
Bibliographyp. 376
Indexp. 411