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Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY series introduces readers to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in American history. The collection of essays and documents in MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN IMMIGRATION HISTORY explores themes such as the political and economic forces that cause immigration; the alienation and uprootedness that often follow relocation; and the difficult questions of citizenship and assimilation. This text presents a carefully selected group of readings organized to allow readers to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions. Each chapter includes introductions, source notes, and suggested readings.


This unique volume explores such themes as the political and economic forces that cause immigration; the alienation and uprootedness that often follow relocation; and the difficult questions of citizenship and assimilation.

About the Author

Jon Gjerde died in October 2008. He was Alexander F. and May T. Morrison professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1982. His areas of expertise included nineteenth-century America with particular reference to immigration and religion, and he published some thirty articles on these subjects. He also published FROM PEASANTS TO FARMERS: THE MIGRATION FROM BALESTRAND, NORWAY, TO THE UPPER MIDDLE WEST (1985) and THE MINDS OF THE WEST: THE ETHNOCULTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE RURAL MIDDLE WEST, 1830-1917 (1997), both of which won the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration History Society for the best book in agricultural history.Thomas G. Paterson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Connecticut, graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1963) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1968). He is the author of Soviet-American Confrontation (1973), Meeting the Communist Threat (1988), On Every Front (1992), Contesting Castro (1994), America Ascendant (with J. Garry Clifford, 1995), and A People and a Nation (with Mary Beth Norton et al., 2001). Tom is also the editor of Cold War Critics (1971), Kennedy's Quest for Victory (1989), Imperial Surge (with Stephen G. Rabe, 1992), The Origins of the Cold War (with Robert McMahon, 1999), Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (with Michael J. Hogan, 2004), and Major Problems in American Foreign Relations (with Dennis Merrill, 2010). With Bruce Jentleson, he served as senior editor for the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). A microfilm edition of The United States and Castro's Cuba, 1950s?1970s: The Paterson Collection appeared in 1999. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Diplomatic History. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, he has directed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers. In 2000 the New England History Teachers Association recognized his excellence in teaching and mentoring with the Kidger Award. Besides visits to many American campuses, Tom has lectured in Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Venezuela. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which in 2008 honored him with the Laura and Norman Graebner Award for "lifetime achievement" in scholarship, service, and teaching. A native of Oregon, Tom is now informally associated with Southern Oregon University.

Table of Contents

Approaches to American immigration and ethnic history — Strangers in the realm, migrants to British colonial North America, 1609-1785 — Nation and citizenship in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1800 — European migration and the radical attempt to conserve, 1830-1880 — Nativism and becoming American at midcentury, 1830-1860 — Emigration and return, migration patterns in the Industrial Age, 1850-1920 — Industrial immigrants in the city and in the countryside, 1880-1920 — Women immigrants — Racialization of immigrants, 1880-1928 — Responses to immigration, exclusion, restriction, and Americanization, 1880-1924 — Immigrant and ethnic life in twentieth-century America, 1924-1965 — Immigrants and ethnics amid depression and war, 1929-1965 — Immigration and ethnicity in the post-industrial world, 1965 to the present — Immigration transforms America, 1965 to the present.

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Gierde, J.
Wadsworth Publishing
Gjerde, Jon
Gjerde, Jon
Cram 101
Cram 101
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Ngai, Mae
Paterson, Thomas
All Material Written by Cram101, Materia
Gjerde, Jon (Jon Gjerde)
Gjerde, Jon
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United states
United States - General
Emigration & Immigration
United States Ethnic relations History Sources.
General History
Immigrants -- United States -- History.
United States Emigration and immigration.
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
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1850-1920 DOCUMENTS Lee Chew, a Chinese Immigrant,

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