February 13, 2017 at 9:45am

Book cover image for This land is our land : the history of American immigrationThis land is our land : the history of American immigration

by Linda Barrett Osborne
Published: New York, NY : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Call number: JUV. E184.A1 O83 2016

Summary: 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.