The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920, 1st Edition

  • Kevin Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780811259
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811256
  • DDC: 304.873090
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 222 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920 provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of this event, as well as the principal figures involved in this pivotal episode in U.S. history. The preparation and arrangement of this volume reflects an emphasis on providing a thorough and objective account of events that shaped our nation, presented in an easy-to-use reference work. It is divided into three primary sections. The first of these sections, the Narrative Overview, provides a detailed, factual account of the greatest sustained wave of immigration in U.S. history. This section also covers all aspects of the immigrants' experience, including their arduous ocean journeys, their passage through Ellis Island, and their struggles to build a better life in America.

The second section, Biographies, provides valuable biographical background on leading figures involved in this era, including Jane Addams, Henry Cabot Lodge, Robert Watchorn and William Williams. Each biography concludes with a list of sources for further information on the profiled individual.

The third section, Primary Sources, collects essential and illuminating documents on America's immigration history. This diverse collection includes poignant recollections of transatlantic voyages to America and arrivals at Ellis Island, muckraking reports on deplorable steerage conditions, turn-of-the-century editorials arguing for and against open immigration policies, true stories detailing the assimilation struggle that new immigrants faced, and diverse commentaries on the immigration issues confronting America in the 21st century.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: Immigration to America before the Civil War.
4: The Great Wave.
5: The Voyage to America.
6: Ellis Island.
7: The Melting Pot.
8: Shutting the Golden Door.
9: Immigration from the 1920s to the Present.
10: Biographies.
11: Addams, Jane (1860–1935).
12: Hall, Prescott F. (1868–1921).
13: Hoar, George Frisbie (1826–1904).
14: Lodge, Henry Cabot (1850–1924).
15: Powderly, Terence V. (1849–1924).
16: Watchorn, Robert (1859?–1944).
17: Williams, William (1862–1947).
18: Primary Sources.
19: A Labor Leader Warns against the “Chinese Invasion”.
20: A Defense of Chinese Immigrants in America.
21: A Native-Born American Lashes Out at East European Immigrants.
22: The “Horrors” of Steerage.
23: A Long and Difficult Journey.
24: Forging a New Identity in America.
25: Coolidge Signs the Immigration Act of 1924.
26: A Criticism of “Guest Worker” Proposals.
27: A Proposal to Increase Legal Immigration.
28: “A Yearning That Is Timeless”.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.