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Distant Magnets

Expectations and Realities in the Immigrant Experience, 1840-1930. Ellis Island S.

By (author) Dirk Hoerder
Edited by Horst Rossler
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers Inc, Trumbull, Connecticut, United States
Published: 15th Aug 1993
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm
Weight: 612g
ISBN-10: 0841913021
ISBN-13: 9780841913028
Barcode No: 9780841913028
Synopsis
This volume documents experiences of the many peasant and working-class emigrants from England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and East European Jewish communities. The comparative perspectives enables the authors to distinguish similarities and differences among diverse immigrant groups, experiences, and destinations. Drawing on rare first-hand accounts and moving personal documents--letters, diaries, guidebooks, the labour and immigrant press, songs, poems, plays, novels--essays chronicle the psychological and social as well as economic and politics aspects of the immigrant experience. Evoking the rich texture and diversity of immigrant experience and mentalities, this unique and engaging work makes an important contribution to our understanding of the complex processes of migration and acculturation.

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