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American Immigration - Roger Daniels
Call Number: 304.8 DAN
ISBN: 0195113160
Publication Date: 2001-05-10
Immigrants and generations of their descendants have defined the American nation from its beginning and continue to provide America's characteristic diversity, representing practically every race, nationality, religion, and ethnic group around the world.

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Newcomers to America - Judith E. Greenberg
Call Number: 304.8 GRE
ISBN: 053111256X
Publication Date: 1996-03-01
Young immigrants from foreign countries relate their experiences in the United States.

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Immigration and Asylum - Iris Teichmann
Call Number: 304.8 TEI
ISBN: 1583403965
Publication Date: 2003-08-01
"In the News focuses on four controversial issues facing the world today. Form the war on terrorism to efforts at improving food safety, the issues are clearly defined and considered from every viewpoint. Each book includes thought-provoking sidebars to encourage further discussion.

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Immigrant Kids - Russell Freedman
Call Number: 305.2 FRE
ISBN: 0525325387
Publication Date: 1980-06-24
An account of the immigration to the United States from 1880 to 1920.

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The Colors of Freedom - Janet Bode
Call Number: 305.8 BOD
ISBN: 0531115305
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
In this eye-opening book that will make the immigration experience real for everyone, award-winning author Janet Bode talks to people whose ancestors were slaves or slave owners, European craftspeople, Irish farmers, and many others.

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Denied, Detained, Deported - Ann Bausum
Call Number: 325 BAU
ISBN: 9781426303326
Publication Date: 2009-04-14
Discusses cases from the history of immigration in the U.S. in which immigrants are denied, such as the people aboard "The St. Louis" who were sent back to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, the detained, such as Japanese Americans during WWII, and the deported, such as Emma Goldman, who was sent back to Russia in 1919 after living in the U.S. for thirty years.

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A Nation of Immigrants - John F. Kennedy; Abraham H. Foxman (Foreword by); Edward M. Kennedy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780061447549
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland.

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I Was Dreaming to Come to America - Veronica Lawlor (Illustrator); Rudolph W. Giuliani (Foreword by)
Call Number: 304.8 LAW
ISBN: 9780140556223
Publication Date: 1997-08-01
In their own words, coupled with hand-painted collage illustrations, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.

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Life at Ellis Island - Sally Senzell Isaacs
Call Number: 325.73 ISA
ISBN: 1588102521
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
Learn basic history by visiting communities from our past. Each book is filled with photos and reconstruction artwork covering topics such as food, clothing, shelter, education, play, communication, and family life. View important political and geographical events through the lens of everyday life.



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Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli
Call Number: NAP
ISBN: 9780385908917
Publication Date: 2009-03-10
Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.

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The King of Mulberry Street - Donna Jo Napoli
Call Number: NAP
ISBN: 0385908903
Publication Date: 2005-10-11
In 1892, nine-year-old Dom's mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his mother. In the turbulent world of homeless children in Manhattan's Five Points, Dom learns street smarts, and not only survives, but thrives by starting his own business. A vivid, fascinating story of an exceptional boy, based in part on the author's grandfather.

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Step from Heaven - An Na
Call Number: NA
ISBN: 1886910588
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
In this debut novel, a young girl describes her family's bittersweet experience in the United States after their emigration from Korea. Four years old on the flight to California, Young Ju concludes that America is heaven. But when they arrive, they are weighed down by the difficulty of learning English, their insular family life, and the traditions of the country they left behind.

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Red Midnight - Ben Mikaelsen
Call Number: MIK
ISBN: 0380805618
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
After soldiers kill his family, twelve-year-old Santiago and his four-year-old sister flee Guatemala in a kayak and try to reach the United States.

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Letters from Rifka - Karen Hesse
Call Number: HES
ISBN: 9780805019643
Publication Date: 1992-07-15
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.

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A House of Tailors - Patricia Reilly Giff
Call Number: GIF
When thirteen-year-old Dina emigrates from Germany to America in 1871, her only wish is to return home as soon as she can, but as the months pass and she survives a multitude of hardships living with her uncle and his young wife and baby, she finds herself thinking of Brooklyn as her home.

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The Braid - Helen Frost
Call Number: FRO
Jeannie and Sarah, tell their separate yet tightly interwoven stories in alternating narrative poems. Jeannie, who leaves Scotland during the Highland Clearances with her father, mother, and the younger children, and Sarah, who hides so she can stay behind with her grandmother - carries a length of the other's hair braided with her own. The braid binds them together when they are worlds apart and reminds them of who they used to be before they were evicted from the Western Isles.

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Ashes of Roses - M. J. Auch
Call Number: AUC
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

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La Linea - Ann Jaramillo; Ann (Ha-Rah-Me Jaramillo
Call Number: JAR
When fifteen-year-old Miguel's time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister's determination to join him soon imperils them both.


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