This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration

This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration

by Linda Barrett Osborne

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A 2017 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist!

American attitudes toward immigrants are paradoxical. On the one hand, we see our country as a haven for the poor and oppressed; anyone, no matter his or her background, can find freedom here and achieve the “American Dream.” On the other hand, depending on prevailing economic conditions, fluctuating feelings about race and ethnicity, and fear of foreign political and labor agitation, we set boundaries and restrictions on who may come to this country and whether they may stay as citizens. This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue. Includes an author’s note, bibliography, and index.

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ISBN-13: 9781613129272
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 681,331
File size: 21 MB
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Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of Traveling the Freedom RoadMiles to Go for Freedom, and This Land Is Our Land. She was a senior writer-editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office for fifteen years. Osborne lives in Washington, D.C.

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Anonymous 8 months ago
This Land is Our Land by Linda Barrett Osborne Book Review 3 stars I am generally not a nonfiction reader, so reading this book was somewhat out of my comfort zone. Thinking about the layout of the book, I loved the way that each chapter was specifically designated to one topic. Within each chapter, the author often talks about multiple different dates and moves quickly through different events, so that all the needed information is included in the chapter. As someone who doesn’t often read nonfiction, this was hard for me to follow along because I am not used to having to process so much information, so fast. I enjoyed the use of pictures very much. I found that throughout the book the pictures were used in powerful ways, and helped me visualize what I was reading, which helped with processing text. The pictures always connected to the text and really allowed me to have a window into the time period and into immigration that I don’t feel I would have gotten without them. The text was very informative in a direct and unbiased way, which I liked a lot. Having read other books on immigration I have noticed that some tend to be biased towards the US, but this book produced the idea that “fear of foreigners is at the heart of immigration issues” (p. 15), which is not something that I feel some books of this genre target. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for an interesting and informative read, but if you have trouble analyzing and processing text it might be challenging for you.