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Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration

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With painstaking research, an unerring eye for just the right illustration, and her unique narrative style, award-winning author Ann Bausum makes the history of immigration in America come alive for young people. The story of America has always been shaped by people from all corners of the Earth who came in search of a better life and a brighter future. Immigration remains ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published April 14th 2008)
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Sep 02, 2010 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Veronica, Rachel
I'm reading this for a Children's Librarian Workshop.


A Juvenile Nonfiction book that gives you the facts about what has happened to American immigrants ~ all from different countries, all sharing the belief that America will give them the ability to come to a new country where they can grow their families and prosper, and also sharing the story that America can also treat them with such cruelty and suspicion that they are forced to leave or become oppressed in their new country.

It is a cycle
Totally cool topic, right? The dark side of American Immigration? Makes the bleeding heart in me just want to sing, right? So, it was a big bummer when I actually read it. This book really pissed me off because it could have been a great book. The research is there. The idea is fresh. It's an important topic-like Howard Zinn is important-right? But, then, I started reading it and its poorly written and confusing. A good editor could have helped solve many of the issues; but as it stands now, the ...more
Kelsey Hoban
Denied, Detained, Deported is an informative and interesting book about immigrants and their stories from history. This book is full of different stories from multiple different immigrants and their different stories that have happened to them throughout their lives. THis book helps shed light on a very important topic that still arises today in politics. It brings us closer to the mistakes of the past and helps us not repeat those mistakes again. This books purpose was to inform those about imm ...more
Just like they lie about who Colombus really was and that Rosa Parks wasn't the first to stand up for African American rights, no one talks about the people that were imprisoned, sent away, and turned away when America was supposed to be the welcoming country with Lady Liberty standing at the entrance.

The National Geographic pictures are fantastic and each story is informative.
Daniel P
In the Non-Fiction book, Denied, detained, deported by Ana Bausum I realized that from immigrators’ perspective, America treated them horribly. The story takes place in America around World War II. It seems like the dream of America is the opposite of what you actually get in America. There are 5 separate stories told 3rd person from somebodies diary like Josef Joseph a Jewish man who was denied from entering America. In the stories all of them show that America should have been more open to im ...more
Allie Tinnes
Remembering: Define what it means to be an immigrant.

Understanding: Give and example of immigration issued today that were stated in the book.

Applying: Apply the U.S immigration policy to evaluate the immigration issues discussed in this book.

Analyzing: Compare the immigration issues of Chinese Americans in 1919 to the immigration issues today.

Evaluating: Select the most effective solution to these immigration issues.

Creating: Revise a part of the U.S immigration policy as to where you think it
In my opinion, Ann Bausum's book "Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories From the Dark Side of American Immigration", a Carter G. Woodson Book Award Secondary Winner, should be required reading for all those involved in determining the future of U.S. immigration policy. In her book, she outlines how the "forces as diverse as economics, racism, national security, and patriotism have shaped immigration history." (p. 11)She also states that,"Arguments for and against immigration tend to repeat in cyc ...more
Ranulfo C
I read "Denied, Detained, and Deported", by Ann Bausum. When i saw the book, the title attracted me right away because to me those words mean something that happens today in real life. Also, I saw that there was picures of different kind of people and I wanted to know what kind were they and why are they were they in the cover. Another thing that attracted me is that it is from National Geography so I knew this was going to give me facts and I would learn from the past about immigration.
Ann Bausman’s examination of the dark side of immigration begins with a powerful juxtaposition of Emma Lazarus’ 1883 poem The New Colossus, and Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2008 poem Statue of Liberty Dreams of Emma Lazarus, Awakens with Tears on her Cheeks. On the left side is a stoic, clear picture of the Statue of Liberty next to Lazarus’ poem, whereas the right side is Nye’s poem next to the blurry, backside of the Statue which is a photographic illustration of how these poems address the same issues ...more
Mrs. Trimble
This book features five separate immigration stories that took place in the United States. The first story is about the Anti-Chinese sentiment that ran rampant through the U.S. during the late 1800’s. The three middle stories are specific to actual people: German-Jew Herb Karliner, Japanese-American Mary Matsuda, and Labor-activist Emma Goldman. The last story is about Mexican migrant workers and how sometimes they are welcome in the U.S. and sometimes they are not. The stories help the reader r ...more
Thing Two
Give me your tired, your poor ...
But not too tired, not too poor.
And we will give you the red tape,
the long line, white bread in its wrapper,
forms to fill out, and the looks, the stares
that say you are not where or what you should be,
not quite, not yet, you will never live up to us. ~ Naomi Shihab Nye

Ann Bausum collected stories from different generations, different ethnicities, but one over riding similarity - that poem by Emma Lazarus, the one about freedom and opportunity: "Give me your tired
This is not a book an advanced high school student would use for in-depth research, but there is plenty in it that is likely to surprise and interest many high school aged readers as well as those in middle school. It is a highly readable non-fiction book that reveals how American ambivalence about immigration has resulted in some shameful treatment of immigrants at times throughout our history. In five brief chapters, using a particular immigrant's experience as a starting point, Bausam explain ...more
Brandee Osborn
The Statue of Liberty’s welcoming figure is held dear to American hearts. For many it has been. But not for all, U.S. immigration policy has often been more of a limiting factor than all encompassing. It’s has also been governed by racism, prejudice, having political concerns, and fear. Immigrants wishing to be free are denied throughout this book. Ann Bausum examines immigrants stories in history. Of the denied, detained, and deported in order to learn from past mistakes. This piece is well wro ...more
While some interesting stories, this book is definitely biased. Each historical account is followed with parallels to immigration issues today.
This was a tough book to read, but it's important, I think, for young people to understand the complexities and contradictions of our political system. Here, the "push and pull" of following our ideals vs. following our fears and prejudices are illustrated with stark examples of citizens being detained, people of different races being excluded, and people exercising their right as Americans being deported, and political refugees being denied. And as we all know, the push and pull continues, so r ...more
This is a very enlightening set of stories regarding American immigration. Stories about the Japanese internment camps during WW2 are included and what it felt like to be an immigrant in America at that time. Also, I never knew that some immigrants were turned away for various reasons, so it was very interesting to read about that and learn why. This is more of a middle school book, although it would provoke much discussion among 4th and 5th graders also. It is definitely appropriate for those a ...more
William Cenlam

Honestly, in everyone heart has a American Dream. Everyone wants to become rich by their hands.
America, one of the richest, freest, most powerful. But even that, they still couldn't contain some groups, the group always live in the dark. Chinese, Japanese, Russian, African, they fought for their dream, they tried and they failed. Only tears and sadness are waiting for them.
They all fought for their lives, and never stop.
Jennifer Denney
The stories the author chose are fine examples of the "dark side" of immigration, but they aren't written in a way that most kids will understand. The reader needs to have some sort of historical background knowledge to fully understand the chapters, in my opinion. Minor (but glaring) editing mistakes also hindered this book's impact, but the photos chosen were great.
Information/nonfiction text, immigration.

Ann Bausum's information texts are always incredible. Her bibliography, timeline, resources, etc show the research that she completes.

I took an immigration class in college so some of this information I learned previously but am glad to have it in a children's literature text. There are some different chapters/quotes.
Overall, interesting. I am concerned, as a teacher who recommends books to middle school students, the details of the book might bog down a less proficient reader or someone who doesn't know much about history. I'll be very careful about whom I recommend this one. Definitely lots to be learned from these stories, although it did border on "preachy" at times.
This book explores, in quality detail with a gentle but harsh brushstroke, the reality of America's past endeavors with immigrants. It shares the realities of our non-welcoming arms, pairing our history with current day actions. While this book is focused for teens / young adults, it is one I encourage adults to pick up & explore their history.
This may be a juvenile non-fiction book, but it is NOT an easy read. The author looks at immigration horrors in US history and likens them to situations going on today. It made me very uncomfortable to read about how the US has acted (and still acts). But, if we are supposed to learn from history, we have to examine the good and the bad.
Annie Oosterwyk
A close look at immigration restrictions throughout U.S. history. People are kept out due to race or religion or the politics of the times. Specifically studied are the Chinese in the 1880s, the European anarchists in WWI, the Japanese-Americans and German Jews in WWII, and the Hispanics in the 1940s through today.
This book was a great combination of historical narrative accounts and historical fact. It was a fast, easy read that was also very imformative. I will say the author provides some questions and/or imbedded/implicit opinions on the future of immigration but not to an outrageous extent.
Interesting to read in light of todays immigration laws and problems. True stories of people detained and deported for questionable reasons, and some not so questionable. Good resource for immigration unit.
This book gives good overview of some of the United States failed immigration policies of the past, and shows why these failures are relevant for today.
Several good accounts of the deplorable actions taken by our country against innocent people in defense of our so called security. Oddly prescient.
Apr 29, 2012 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: tween
A nonfiction look at immigrants of the past and today and wondering if we have learned anything from it.
This book is a great intro for older children on the very complex issue of immigration in America.
Sandi Jones
I reviewed this book for Library Media Connection.
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Ann Bausum writes about U.S. history for young people from her home in Beloit, Wisconsin. Her 2007 book Muckrakers earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Childre ...more
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