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1 DVD: They Came to America

Santa Fe Productions, Inc.

Price: 21.95 USD



2 Casper and Catherine Move to America: An Immigrant Family’s Adventure, 1849-1850
Brian Hasler, iIllustrated By Angela M. Gouge
cloth, Indiana Historical Society Press
Join Casper and Catherine on their great journey to America and read about their many adventures! Told by Brian Hasler, an Indiana state representative from Evansville, as his father told it to him when he was a young boy.
This book introduces young readers to oral traditions and helps them learn to investigate their own family stories.
Price: 12.96 USD



3 97 Orchard Street
Linda Granfield, photographed by Arlene Alda
56 pages, paperback / softcover, Tundra Books
Imagine growing up on Orchard Street in 1916. If you were a member of the large Confino family you'd be living in 325 square feet of space. The only fresh air and natural light would come from the two windows in the front room. No heat, no water, no bathtub, no shower. Toilet in the hall.
The Confinos' apartment is only one part of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, an extraordinary facility in New York City. The Museum has restored 97 Orchard Street to provide us with an opportunity to understand the immigrant experience shared by millions who have come to North America.
In text and with archival photos, Linda Granfield tells the story of four families, including the Confinos, who called 97 Orchard Street home, and provides information about the period, the history of the house, and the neighborhood, bringing to life conditions that were familiar to immigrants in many of North America's big cities. The stories and archival materials are beautifully complemented by Arlene Alda's sensitive photographs that evoke the hardship, the dignity, and the hope encompassed in 97 Orchard Street.
The book includes useful facts, information about the Museum and its efforts to help new immigrants who share similar experiences. Whether or not the reader can visit the Museum itself, this book is a valuable resource in understanding our own histories in North America.

“Chock-full of the simple details of everyday life as well as larger tales of human joy and suffering, this volume presents an intriguing window into urban tenements just before and after the turn of the century.”–School Library Journal

“Alda’s contemporary photos add a beautiful artistic note…The flavor of life on Orchard Street from the end of the nineteenth century through the 1930s can be tasted here.”–Booklist

“Right away Granfield gives her readers sensory images to latch onto. And the photographs further engage us: when we see photos of the tiny rooms, the beds doubling as sofas, the squalid toilets...we can much more easily imagine what it was like to live there in that time.”–Quill & Quire

“This non-fiction book is a great starting point for any social studies or history project…97 Orchard provides a lot of information without being encyclopedic in tone or presentation.”–Florida Times

“…[a] wonderful resource guide…Researched and presented with the quality we’ve come to expect in a Granfield title, this is a winning resource for students studying the history of immigration to the New World, ethnic cultures, or turn-of-the century lifestyles.”–Rockliffe Reviews

“The slim, delightful volume of the stories of four immigrant families who settled in a dark tenement building on New York’s Lower East Side humanizes the struggles and triumphs of those families…Kudos to the museum and to this book that offers a look back on our collective ancestors.”–Kliatt
Price: 15.00 USD



4 Immigrants
Martin W Sandler
96 pages, 10 x 8 3/4, paperback, Harper Collins / HarperTrophy
Millions of people from all over the world left their homelands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to come to the United States. Their journeys were often long and perilous, but to these huddled masses, the sight of the Statue of Liberty signified hope for a new beginning in their new home-- America. Whether settling in city tenements or heading west for life on the frontier, these immigrants toiled to achieve the lives they had dreamed about. Their experiences helped to shape national identity and heritage.
Over one hundred vintage photographs, posters, and paintings from the archives of the Library of Congress-- often called "the storehouse of the national memory"-- remind us of what becoming American meant to millions of people.
Price: 11.99 USD

Pluralism and Progressives: Hull House and the New Immigrants, 1890-1919, Rivka Shpak Lissak

5 Pluralism and Progressives: Hull House and the New Immigrants, 1890-1919
Rivka Shpak Lissak
266 pages, cloth, University of Chicago
The settlement house movement, launched at the end of the nineteenth century by men and women of the upper middle class, began as an attempt to understand and improve the social conditions of the working class. It gradually came to focus on the "new immigrants"-mainly Italians, Slavs, Greeks, and Jews-who figured so prominently in this changing working class. Hull House, one of the first and best-known settlement houses in the United States, was founded in September 1889 on Chicago's West Side by Jane Addams and Ellen G. Starr. In a major new study of this famous institution and its place in the movement, Rivka Shpak Lissak reassesses the impact of Hull House on the nationwide debate over the place of immigrants in American society.

Table of Contents
Definition of Terms
Introduction: The Myth of Jane Addams and Hull House
Part One: Liberal Progressives and Assimilation
1. The Hull House Idea of Community
2. The Hull House Concept of Immigrant Assimilation
3. The Role of the Settlement in the Assimilation of "New Immigrants"
4. Hull House, the Education of Immigrant Children, and Ethnic Studies
5. Leadership, Cultural Brokerage, and "Control through Alliance"
Part Two: Hull House and the "Immigrant Colonies"
6. Hull House and the Immigrant Subcommunities
7. Hull House and Its "New Immigrant" Clientele
8. Hull House and Immigrant Leadership: Patterns of Adjustment to the American Environment
Part Three: Liberal Progressives and American Nationalism and Culture
9. Internationalism and Universal Brotherhood
10. The Contribution Idea and the Hull House Concept of American Civilization
11. The Hull House Concept of American Nationalism and Culture in the Spectrum of Contemporary Views
Afterword: Myth and Reality
Select Bibliography
Price: 55.00 USD


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