Press:Scholastic Nonfiction Scholastic Nonfiction; 1st edition (November 1, 2003)
Author Name:Thomas Hoobler,Dorothy Hoobler
Through letters, diaries, and oral histories, WE ARE AMERICANS profiles the often challenging but ultimately rewarding experiences of US immigrants during the last 20,000 years.Every child will find an ancestor or contemporary in this collection of personal narratives that tells the story, chronologically, of immigrant groups in this nation.From the first human residents of North America, to the mass of Europeans in the 1800's, to today's modern Americans, each group has made significant and lasting contributions to the ever changing culture of the United States.Through the letters and oral histories, first person accounts and biographies, children will reflect on the many different
*Starred Review* Gr.
The authors of the 10-volume Family Album series offer a single-volume overview of American immigration that is also a broad history of this country.
Packed with detailed information and moving personal testimonies, the chronological account reveals the comprehensive story of the changing patterns of immigration through the centuries, including why people left home, what the newcomers found when they got here, how they changed the U.S., and how the laws related to them have changed.
Beginning with the people who came to prehistoric America, the history includes the "unwilling" immigrants who entered as slaves and desperate illegal arrivals, past and present.
The documentation is disappointing.
There's a general bibliography, but notes, which are only for direct quotes, are crammed into a single column in type so tiny as to be almost illegible.
But the Hooblers contribute fascinating discussions on religion, school, work (from sweatshop to high-tech), and more, and the close-up focus prevents any generic babble.
The spacious design works for browsing as well as research, and archival photos and personal accounts appear on every double-page spread.
Of course, any book on immigration is already partly out of date, but the wealth of historical background here will help fuel debates about the USA Patriot Act and its controversies.
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