American attitudes toward immigrants are paradoxical. On the one hand, we see our country as a haven for the poor and oppressed; anyone, no matter his or her background, can find freedom here and achieve the “American Dream.” On the other hand, depending on prevailing economic conditions, fluctuating feelings about race and ethnicity, and fear of foreign political and labor agitation, we set boundaries and restrictions on who may come to this country and whether they may stay as citizens. This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue. Includes an author’s note, bibliography, and index.
About the Author
Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of Traveling the Freedom Road, Miles to Go for Freedom, and This Land Is Our Land. She was a senior writer-editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office for fifteen years. Osborne lives in Washington, D.C.
"Fascinating reading for both browsers and those seeking a more thorough understanding of immigration." — Kirkus
**STARRED REVIEW** "This exceptional work explores the history of American immigration from the early colonization of the continent to the contemporary discussions involving undocumented aliens...Outstanding archival photographs and illustrations complement the comprehensive text and encourage thoughtful discussion... An excellent time line and end notes and a thorough bibliography make this an effective research tool. VERDICT Highly recommended for general purchase." — School Library Journal
"Well researched, clearly written, and informative, the discussion is particularly useful in offering the broad look at immigration over time... Handsomely designed, the book offers many captioned period illustrations, especially photos. A strong introduction to American immigration." — Booklist
"Immigrants ranging from the first colonists to recent Syrian and Central American refugees are given a voice in this beautifully designed history." — School Library Connection