Immigration and Refugee Studies
The New Minnesotans
Stories of Immigrants and Refugees
Paperback ISBN: 0929636686
For more than two decades, Minnesota has seen a new wave of immigration from disparate areas of the world, including Eastern Europe, Mexico, Central and Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Gregg Aamot, who has been covering immigration in Minnesota since the early 1990s, shares the challenges and realities immigrants and refugees face while assimilating to the Upper Midwest. From a front-row seat in the homes, workplaces, and meeting halls of these newcomers, Aamot provides an informative and intimate view of what life is really like for groups that are striving to adapt to a different culture. We are also reminded of how the last major wave of immigrants--who were mostly Europeans--faced similar challenges,helping us to better understand conditions in Minnesota today. The New Minnesotans is essential reading for anyone interested in the changing cultural and economic landscape in Minnesota, or in other states where the immigrant population is on the rise.
How the Irish Won the West
Paperback ISBN: 1616081007
Here is the full story of the Irish immigrants and their decedents whose hardwork helped make the West what it is today. Learn about the Irish members ofthe Donner party, forced to consume human flesh to survive the winter; mountainmen like Thomas Fitzpatrick, who discovered the South Pass through theRockies; Ellen “Nellie” Cashman, who ran boarding houses and bought and soldclaims in Alaska, Arizona, and Nevada; and Maggie Hall, who became knownas the “whore with a heart of gold.” A fascinating and entertaining look at thehistory of the American West, this book will surprise many and make every IrishAmerican proud.
Nostalgia and the Immigrant Identity
Paperback ISBN: 0742513610
Ritivoi (English and rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon U.) considers how nostalgia both helps and hinders an immigrant's adjustment to a new culture. She examines the memoirs of two eastern European writers (Vera Calin and Eva Hoffman) who came to the U.S. during the Cold War. Both of these writers struggled with the problem of preserving identity in the face of a changing environment. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
I Go to America
Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson
Hardcover ISBN: 0873516362
Near the end of her life, Mina Anderson penned a lively memoir that helped Swedish novelist Vilhelm Moberg create "Kristina," the central female character of his beloved emigrant novels, a woman who constantly yearns for her homeland. But Mina's story was quite different. Showcasing her previously untranslated memoir, "I Go To America" traces Mina's trip across the Atlantic to Wisconsin and then the Twin Cities, where she worked as a domestic servant, and her move to rural Mille Lacs County, where she and her husband worked a farm, raised seven children, and contributed to rural Swedish community life. Mina herself writes about how grateful she was for the opportunity to be in America, where the pay was better, class differences were unconfining, and children--girls included--had the chance for a good education. In her own words, "I have never regretted that I left Sweden. I have had it better here." Author Joy Lintelman greatly expands upon Mina's memoir, detailing the social, cultural, and economic realities experienced by countless Swedish women of her station. Lintelman offers readers both an intimate portrait of Mina Anderson and a window into the lives of the nearly 250,000 young, single Swedish women who immigrated to America from 1881 to 1920 and whose courage, hard work, and pragmatism embody the American dream. Joy K. Lintelman is a professor of history at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota . Her specialties include immigration history and women's history.
American Identity and the Turn Against Immigration
Paperback ISBN: 0231109571
Charting the history of U.S. immigration policy and public reaction to newcomers from the Puritan colonists to World War II refugees,Unwelcome Strangers uncovers the heated arguments of the anti-immigration forces: environmental groups that warn against the consequences of overpopulation, economic concerns that immigrants take jobs away from Americans, and assimilationist fears that newcomers--especially from Latin America, and Asia--threaten American culture.
Strength in What Remains
Paperback ISBN: 0812977610
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains presents the story of Burundi civil war survivor Deo, who endures homelessness before pursuing an education at Columbia and eventually returning to his native land to help people in both countries. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Where the Body Meets Memory
An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity
Hardcover ISBN: 0385471831
A boldly sensual memoir explores America's racial and sexual taboos, the consequences of assimilation, and the issues of raising children in a world that refuses to honor its racial diversity. Tour.
Illegal Aliens And the Making of Modern America
Paperback ISBN: 0691124299
Traces the origins of the illegal alien in American law and society, discusses how and why illegal migration became the central problem in American immigration policy, and explores how that process shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority.