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Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America—with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country. With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America—with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country. With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go-to resource for every child, teacher, and librarian discussing the complex history of immigration. America is a nation of immigrants. People have come to the United States from around the world seeking a better life and more opportunities, and our country would not be what it is today without their contributions. From writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to scientists like Albert Einstein, to innovators like Elon Musk, this book honors the immigrants who have changed the way we think, eat, and live. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of the progress we’ve made, and the work that is still left to be done.


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Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America—with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country. With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America—with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country. With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go-to resource for every child, teacher, and librarian discussing the complex history of immigration. America is a nation of immigrants. People have come to the United States from around the world seeking a better life and more opportunities, and our country would not be what it is today without their contributions. From writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to scientists like Albert Einstein, to innovators like Elon Musk, this book honors the immigrants who have changed the way we think, eat, and live. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of the progress we’ve made, and the work that is still left to be done.

46 review for American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Wow. If you need only ONE book that gives an overview about everything anyone might need to know about immigration, this would be the book. I'm familiar with Krull's work for younger students (like her Louisa May's Battle or America's First Ladies), but this is a comprehensive and multifaceted book perfect for middle grade readers. Not only does it cover the history of different peoples who immigrated to the US, it talks about indigenous peoples and how they were t E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Wow. If you need only ONE book that gives an overview about everything anyone might need to know about immigration, this would be the book. I'm familiar with Krull's work for younger students (like her Louisa May's Battle or America's First Ladies), but this is a comprehensive and multifaceted book perfect for middle grade readers. Not only does it cover the history of different peoples who immigrated to the US, it talks about indigenous peoples and how they were treated. An interesting and welcome twist for a book on immigration, to be sure.There is also some discussion about the fact that certain populations did not choose to come here, but were brought against their will, so they are not necessarily immigrants. Not only is the history of the various policies and treatment of immigrants mentioned, but there are a multitude of short biographies of immigrants who have made significant contributions to US society throughout its history. Later in the book, there is information about the process needed to become a citizen, and also facts about the policies that the current administration has tried to put into place. While clearly not a fan of Trump and his ideas, the text is admirably dispassionate and lets the statistics and directives speak for themselves. This would be a fantastic book to have on hand for students who are looking for a place to start a history day project, or who just want to learn about immigration. I didn't know very much about Angel Island and the West Coast portals for immigrants, and found that fascinating. I also appreciated the information about English and German immigrants-- as nearly as I can tell, my family either came over from the United Kingdom in the mid 1700s, or from Germany in the mid 1800s. My daughters are ten generations removed from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins-- there is a paper trail researched by a family member, so we're not just making it up. The E ARC made it hard to get a good idea about the set up of this book, but it does seem to be more focused on text than pictures, so it's not like the Wallace's very fine First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great which is mentioned in the bibliography. I do have to say that I really have to track down We Were There: The Story of Working Women in America by Barbara M. Wertheimer (1977). Definitely purchasing this book for my library.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    Never more timely than now this excellent and informative book about immigrants and immigration is excellent. It is a must have for MS and HS libraries. As an adult I really enjoyed the book because it packed so much valuable information into one very readable book. Excellent for pleasurable non-fiction reading or used as a research tool.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Axolotl

    This book was given to me as an arc. It was an interesting read and I felt like I learned a lot. I feel like it was told in a very concise way that would appeal to younger readers with shorter attention spans. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    RACHEL

    This is an excellent resource covering the wide range of immigration into the US which does not shy from the uglier moments while being appropriate for middle grade readers. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

    This is an excellent resource for kids! Full of great info, stories, history lessons, and a few blurbs about the hypocrisy of the Trump administration's anti-immigration stance. This is an excellent resource for kids! Full of great info, stories, history lessons, and a few blurbs about the hypocrisy of the Trump administration's anti-immigration stance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    SM

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Murray

    A comprehensive look at immigration in America from the time English, French, and Spanish settlements to contemporary immigration issues like the DACA, Dreamers and the Muslim Ban. Krull tells the story chronologically and examines the pro and anti-immigration over America's history. There are numerous information boxes highlighting who pro and anti-immigration presidents and legislators were along with famous and not so famous immigrants like Albert Einstein and Alexander Hamilton. Told in a ve A comprehensive look at immigration in America from the time English, French, and Spanish settlements to contemporary immigration issues like the DACA, Dreamers and the Muslim Ban. Krull tells the story chronologically and examines the pro and anti-immigration over America's history. There are numerous information boxes highlighting who pro and anti-immigration presidents and legislators were along with famous and not so famous immigrants like Albert Einstein and Alexander Hamilton. Told in a very straight forward manner that leans toward the importance of immigration and immigrants to American society, but some professional reviews have take umbrage with Krull's positive view of immigrant assimilation. This book is aimed at middle grade readers 8 to 12-years of age.

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