Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American People” as Want to Read:
The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American People
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American People

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Uprooted is a rare book, combining powerful feeling and long-time study to give us the shape and the feel of the immigrant experience rather than just the facts. It elucidates the hopes and the yearnings of the immigrants that propelled them out of their native environments to chance the hazards of the New World. It traces the profound imprint they made upon this world ...more
Paperback, Second Edition (enlarged), 344 pages
Published August 30th 1973 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1951)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Uprooted, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Uprooted

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 276)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I decided I wanted to read something about the golden age of immigration. Having been born and raised in Southern California, I am already reasonably intimate with the details of the coyote, through the desert, Lou Dobbs style immigration. Rather, I wanted to learn a bit more about the Ellis Island, changed last names, Emma Lazarus era of immigration.

Much to my surprise, this is not a major area of historical inquiry. If you hunt around Amazon, you'll find a slew of books on the politics of con
This book was a real disappointment. It was the winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1952. My grandparents emigrated from Hungary around the turn of the last century so I was very excited to find a book that chronicled what it was like for the millions who did the same.

The author goes through what the European experience was like prior to the 1850s, with the population expanding and the search for land and food making it very difficult for the peasants, or small farmer, as we would call them. This p
Oct 30, 2007 Suzy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buff
Being the granddaughter of an immigrant, I found this book to be moving. Though it deals largely with immigrants coming to America that stayed in large cities, it does let you into the overall immigrant experience. Handlin is often criticized because he won the Pulitzer Prize for history for a book that has some sections that many historians view as “historical fiction” in that he could not provide sources for them. Regardless, this truly is a masterpiece that exposes the plight of immigrants co ...more
Suzan Pinciotti
This book has been great in helping me understand my family's background and adjustments made as immigrants to the US. A must have for genealogists who have family that immigrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Well, shit. I picked up this book because my grandma died this year, and like most people faced with the sudden loss of a loved one, I had an immediate desire to know much more about the person who I no longer had the opportunity to ask. I would say it more than served that purpose.

Like many Americans my age, I took for granted that I had a grandparent or great-grandparent who had stepped off the boat around 1900 and went to work and here we are. I took for granted the infusion of Slovak languag
Miriam Borenstein
Oscar Handlin’s The Uprooted is not a historical treatment of immigration, but a historically informed sociological and psychological narrative based on the experiences of Europeans migrating to America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is poetically written—crafted to evoke emotion as much as to inform. Handlin writes that the story of the immigrant is a story of upheaval, tragedy, alienation, and the complete breakdown of traditional and family life from the Old World. The o ...more
3 main thing that I took away from this book is the person as an individual is inherently an American practice as a result of the immigrant experience and the replacing the past social order with a reliance on one skills in the present and ones ability to adapt to a dynamic and ever-changing society. In this way, I doubt any other country in the world can take the place of America in its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and thus finding new industries from the air. Secondly, immigrants are ...more
An interesting look at our immigrant ancestors---boy did they have it hard!

I found it fascinating to discover that "for a thousand years, the number of people on the continent had remained constant. . . Then in the 18th Century came a precipitous rise, unprecedented and, as it proved, cataclysmic. For a hundred years growth continued unabated, if anything at an accelerating rate. Between 1750 and 1850 the population of the continent leaped from about one hundred and forty million to about two
Stanley Mozden
A truly pioneering work. The emphasis is on the early 20th Century immigrants. Why they came. From where they came. What did they bring. What did they find. A must read.
I loved reading into the history of the mass emigrations to the New World that occurred in the 1800s to early 1900s. This book describes the typical lifestyle of those who emigrated, the shift in social and political environments in Europe that caused the mass exodus, the leaving of their homes and family, the travels to the New World, and what sort of environment they encountered once here.
Mar 01, 2010 Lauren marked it as to-read
My cousin is a History professor/writer, so I asked him which book better grasps the concept of immigration to the New World and the struggles that came with it. He said this is the best introductory book. 333 pages...I have a feeling that if I actually chewed and swallowed the pages one by one, I'd get through it faster. But we'll see!
George King
A very Interesting book that dispels any myths that the United States welcomed everyone with open arms.
This book complimented my reading the of The Beak of the Finch which explored the evolution of Animal life while this book explored the evolution of this country.
An interesting insight on the mass immigrations from the 1850's to the 1920's. While the book includes select geneological information, the main focus lies with the immigrant experience and the rationale for the move from Europe. Very well written.
Pierre Corneille
Okay, so maybe Handlin uses only a handful of facts, but at least his book is interesting and makes a contribution, which is more than can be said about most books about immigration.

A great book about the migration of Europeans to America from the mid 1800's to World War I. Many of their experiences are strangely close to what the current undocumented experience today.
Impressionistic-sociology is not the best combination. Handlin's heart is in the right place, however.
So far... Very interesting read!!
Susan marked it as to-read
Apr 26, 2015
Kara marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2015
Melanie marked it as to-read
Apr 03, 2015
Elise Sutherland
Elise Sutherland marked it as to-read
Mar 26, 2015
Detlev Tschackert
Detlev Tschackert marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2015
Andrew marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2015
Falseastronomy marked it as to-read
Mar 09, 2015
Daniel Stephens
Daniel Stephens marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
Ginger Hewitt
Ginger Hewitt marked it as to-read
Feb 11, 2015
Dan Smith
Dan Smith marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2015
The Ninja Squirrel
The Ninja Squirrel marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2015
Adam Fagel
Adam Fagel marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Historical Legacy of The Uprooted 1 8 Sep 06, 2007 01:43PM  
  • Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution
  • William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
  • The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790
  • Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery
  • The Age of Reform
  • Paul Revere and the World He Lived In
  • The Americans, Vol. 3: The Democratic Experience
  • The Search for Order, 1877-1920
  • Across the Wide Missouri
  • The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics
  • Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
  • Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department
  • The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
  • ...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age
  • Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, 1940-1945
  • Reveille in Washington, 1860-65
  • The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861
  • The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture
Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1880: A Study in Acculturation, Enlarged Edition Abraham Lincoln and the Union (Library of American Biography Series) Truth in History Statue Of Liberty (Wonders of Man Series) Al Smith and His America

Share This Book