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Gilbert - Immigration & Genealogy: Getting Started
U. S. Immigration and Migration by Lawrence W. BakerThe Human Genome DiversityProject tells us that between 15,000and 30,000 years ago people fromMongolia crossed Beringia to whatwe now call the Americas. "U.S.Immigration and Migration" chroniclesand interprets the phenomenalwaves of immigration to the UnitedStates from the earliest timesthrough the period from 1820 to1930, when the United Stateswas the destination of some 60%of the world's immigrants -- up to the presentday, when restrictive policies have temporarily stanched the flowof immigrants. Features include 300 black-and-white illustrations, includingabout 10 maps; chronology; sidebars; words to know; researchand activity ideas; further reading; and a subject index. The"Almanac" volumes tell of the economic, religious and politicalforces that compelled people to seek a better life in a new land.These same forces later inspired the migration of manyAmericans to other areas in mass movements such as theWestward Expansion; the rural to urban migration; the GreatMigration of blacks in the early part of the 20th century; and themigration to the Sunbelt starting in the 1960s. The "Biographies"volumes bring the panorama of immigration and migration to apersonal level by profiling both prominent and less well-knownpeople of the immigrant experience. Insights into the movementof people are provided in the "Primary Sources" volume viaexcerpts from such key documents as the Maryland TolerationAct (1649), the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1784), the Homestead Act(1862), the Chinese Exclusion Act (1892), the National OriginsAct (1924) -- up to legislation passed in the wake of theSeptember 11 attacks.
Publication Date: 2004-05-28
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Books with an Immigration Theme
You know you want a good read for the Thanksgiving break! Come on by and check one of these great books out.
The Grief KeeperThis stunning YA debut is a timely and heartfelt speculative narrative about healing, faith, and freedom. Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who had employed Marisol's mother as a maid. When she pictured an American life for herself, she dreamed of a life like Aimee and Amber's, the title characters of her favorite American TV show. She never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as "an illegal", but after her brother is murdered and her younger sister, Gabi's, life is also placed in equal jeopardy, she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault. If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named Liliana, Pablo might still be alive, her mother wouldn't be in hiding and she and Gabi wouldn't have been caught crossing the border. But they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States. She's asked to become a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life. It's a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her sister safe, she will risk anything. She just never imagined one of the risks would be falling in love, a love that may even be powerful enough to finally help her face her own crushing grief. The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.
Call Number: FIC VIL
American Street by Ibi ZoboiPushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie--a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola's mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit's west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
Call Number: FIC ZOB
The Boston Girl by Anita DiamantFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine-a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college.
Call Number: FIC DIA
Girl in Translation by Jean KwokAh-Kim Chang and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn, where they work for Kim's Aunt Paula in a Chinatown clothing factory earning barely enough to keep them alive; however, Kim's perseverance and hard work earns her a place at an elite private school where she is befriended by Annette, who helps her adjust to American culture.
Call Number: FIC KWO
Publication Date: 2011-05-03
The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam HollandWhen Vee Crawford-Wong's history teacher assigns an essay on his family history, Vee knows he's in trouble. His parents-Chinese-born dad and Texas-bred Mom-are mysteriously and stubbornly close-lipped about his heritage. So, Vee makes up an essay about the grandfather he never knew. The deception begins to spiral out of control when Vee and his best friend, Madison, forge a letter from his relatives in China, asking his father to bring Vee for a visit. Astonishingly, Vee's father agrees.