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Immigrant Voices: Twenty-four Narratives on Becoming an American (Signet Classic)

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This wonderful anthology recreates the past from the voices of those who struggled to adapt to the "new world". Facing such adversity as assimilation, prejudice, poverty, homesickness, and identity, these newcomers were able to persevere and their inspiring stories are full of hope, faith, and conviction. Gathering together narratives from the 18th to the 20th century, ...more
Paperback, First Signet Classic Printing
Published March 1st 1999 by Signet Classic (an imprint of Dutton New American Library)
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James (JD) Dittes
I read this, looking or resources to add to a unit that I teach on American migration in my American literature class.

As with most anthologies, it was hit or miss for me--it needed to be, because other readers will come looking for different lessons or strategies. Among the highlights or me were
Rebecca Burlend's journey from England to New Orleans then up the Mississippi to settlement in Illinois, Andrew Carnegie, Anna Howard Shaw (which dealt with early women's suffrage a little more than migr
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Rebecca
Jun 03, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
As with any compilation kind of book, the sources used can be hit or miss. Some of them I really enjoyed, others not so much. It was a nice sort of light read as an introduction to the immigration narrative in American literature. I didn't really know it was such a big genre before reading this book, and now I have a jumping off point if I want to dig deeper into the subject. However, I don't think I would recommend it to anyone who seriously studies this sort of thing. It's just sort of an ...more
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