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A nation of nations : a great American immigration story, Tom Gjelten

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A nation of nations : a great American immigration story
Title
A nation of nations
Title remainder
a great American immigration story
Statement of responsibility
Tom Gjelten
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The dramatic and compelling story of the transformation of America during the last fifty years, told through a handful of families in one suburban county in Virginia that has been utterly changed by recent immigration. In the fifty years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born population of the United States has tripled. Significantly, these immigrants are not coming from Europe, as was the case before 1965, but from all corners of the globe. Today non-European immigration is ninety percent of the total immigration to the US. Americans today are vastly more diverse than ever. They look different, speak different languages, practice different religions, eat different foods, and enjoy different cultures. In 1950, Fairfax County, Virginia, was ninety percent white, ten percent African-American, with a little more than one hundred families who were 'other.' Currently the African-American percentage of the population is about the same, but the Anglo white population is less than fifty percent, and there are families of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American origin living all over the county. A Nation of Nations follows the lives of a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually 'Americanize.' Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, these families have stories that illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minorities, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping. It's been half a century since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as this one does, with its brilliant combination of personal stories and larger demographic and political issues"--
Summary
Chronicles the changes in immigration in America over the past half-century by examining the dramatically shifting demographics of a single county in Virginia, which now includes large populations of Asians, Latin Americans and Middle Easterners
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Provided by publisher
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contains biographical information
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10443369
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DLC
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Gjelten, Tom
Dewey number
305.8009755/291
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Minorities
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants
  • Social change
  • Fairfax County (Va.)
  • Fairfax County (Va.)
  • Fairfax County (Va.)
  • Developing countries
  • United States
  • United States.
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / United States / General
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a great American immigration story
Label
A nation of nations : a great American immigration story, Tom Gjelten
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Two Families from Korea -- 2. A Family from Bolivia -- 3. Out of Korea -- 4. Bolivia to America -- 5. A Family from Libya -- 6. Crossroads -- 7. A Libyan Boy in America -- 8. Good Immigrants, Bad Immigrants -- 9. JFK -- 10. The 1965 Reform -- 11. Turning Point -- 12. Minorities -- 13. Diversity -- 14. Muslim Americans -- 15. Integration -- 16. Initiative -- 17. Backlash -- 18 After 9/11 -- 19. The Second Generation -- 20. Politics -- 21. Americanization
Control code
ocn913957583
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476743851
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2015017291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)913957583
Label
A nation of nations : a great American immigration story, Tom Gjelten
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Two Families from Korea -- 2. A Family from Bolivia -- 3. Out of Korea -- 4. Bolivia to America -- 5. A Family from Libya -- 6. Crossroads -- 7. A Libyan Boy in America -- 8. Good Immigrants, Bad Immigrants -- 9. JFK -- 10. The 1965 Reform -- 11. Turning Point -- 12. Minorities -- 13. Diversity -- 14. Muslim Americans -- 15. Integration -- 16. Initiative -- 17. Backlash -- 18 After 9/11 -- 19. The Second Generation -- 20. Politics -- 21. Americanization
Control code
ocn913957583
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476743851
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2015017291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)913957583

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