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This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration

by Linda Barrett Osborne

Published by Abrams, 2016
124 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1660-7

12 and older

An account of the history of immigration in the United States from the time the first Europeans arrived shows how people have come for similar reasons across four centuries—religious freedom and/or economic opportunity, or as refugees escaping political persecution, or more recently, war. It also shows how each group after those first immigrants were met with various levels of distrust and suspicion. Chapters look at specific groups that came in large numbers, including the Chinese, the Irish, Jews from eastern Europe, and Latin Americans, and how the government responded with changing policies over time. Policies sought to either exclude, as in the case of the Chinese, or to limit immigrants coming from places other than western Europe in response to xenophobia fueled by stereotypes and fear: that the newcomers were dangerous, or would take away jobs, or would never assimilate—fears that continue to be voiced about immigrants today. A timeline of immigration and immigration policy, extensive source material, and an index are provided at the end of a work that includes numerous photographs. (Age 12 and older)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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