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Selected Books and eBooks
The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph by "This is the story of one of the great crimes of history, a brutal act of genocide committed two and a half centuries ago. More than 10,000 men, women and children were removed from their homeland at gunpoint and sent into exile. They were stripped of the farms that had nurtured and sustained their families for four generations. Their homes and most of their possessions were destroyed. Five thousand of these unfortunate people, maybe more, died of disease and deprivation or perished in shipwrecks.... Today, there are an estimated 3 million Acadian descendants worldwide... Thousands of deportees made their way to Louisiana, where "Acadian" was transmuted to "Cajun," and the new surroundings forged a distinct culture.... More than half-a-million Americans, most of them in Louisiana and eastern Texas, are descendants of those refugees... The people survived against incredible odds. They preserved a vibrant culture, a zest for life, and a deep respect for their heritage.
Call Number: E184.A2 J63 2005
We Are the Revolutionists by Widely remembered as a time of heated debate over the westward expansion of slavery, the 1850s in the United States was also a period of mass immigration. As the sectional conflict escalated, discontented Europeans came in record numbers, further dividing the young republic over issues of race, nationality, and citizenship. The arrival of German-speaking ?Forty-Eighters,? refugees of the failed European revolutions of 1848-49, fueled apprehensions about the nation's future. Reaching America did not end the foreign revolutionaries' pursuit of freedom; it merely transplanted it. In We Are the Revolutionists, Mischa Honeck offers a fresh appraisal of these exiled democrats by probing their relationship to another group of beleaguered agitators: America's abolitionists. Honeck details how individuals from both camps joined forces in the long, dangerous battle to overthrow slavery. In Texas and in cities like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Boston this cooperation helped them find new sources of belonging in an Atlantic world unsettled by massive migration and revolutionary unrest. Employing previously untapped sources to write the experience of radical German émigrés into the abolitionist struggle, Honeck elucidates how these interethnic encounters affected conversations over slavery and emancipation in the United States and abroad. Forty-Eighters and abolitionists, Honeck argues, made creative use not only of their partnerships but also of their disagreements to redefine notions of freedom, equality, and humanity in a transatlantic age of racial construction and nation making.
Call Number: E184.G3 H64 2011
A Greek Odyssey in the American West by "This book is the story of Papanikolas's parents' individual emigrations to the United States, their meeting and courtship, and their migrations within the West as they pursued job opportunities. She recreates and interprets the experience of parents trying hard to succeed in America without losing their rich heritage who ultimately enrich the culture of their adopted country."
Call Number: E184.G7 P3713 1997 ebk eBooks on EBSCOhost
The Irish Americans by Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America's most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. Here he weaves an insightful, colorful narrative, following the Irish from their first arrival in the American colonies through the bleak days of the potato famine that brought millions of starving immigrants; the trials of ethnic prejudice and "No Irish Need Apply;" the rise of Irish political power... to the election of John F. Kennedy as president.
Call Number: E184.I6 D59 2008
The American Irish: A History by This book is the first concise, general history of its subject in a generation. It provides a long-overdue synthesis of Irish-American history from the beginnings of emigration in the early eighteenth century to the present day. While most previous accounts of the subject have concentrated on the nineteenth century, and especially the period from the famine (1840s) to Irish independence (1920s), the author incorporates the Ulster Protestant emigration of the eighteenth century and is the first book to include extensive coverage of the twentieth century.
Call Number: E184.I6 K47 2000
Italian Americans: Bridges to Italy, Bonds to America by "The essays in this book cover a wide range of subjects" describing experiences over decades in various parts of the nation. One "piece on Italian prisoners of war in Hereford, Texas presents the theme of this volume--bridges to Italy and bonds to America, expressing the idea that while Italian Americans are firmly tied to America, they still have links to Italy. The prisoners, their American captors and nearby civilians bonded with one another and build a bridge."
Call Number: E184.I8 I73 2010
The Italian Americans by In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience. Laurino reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana to those who were lynched in New Orleans; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; families interned as "enemy aliens" in World War II. Readers can discover the history chronologically, chapter by chapter, or explore the trove of interviews, newspaper clippings, period documents, and photographs that bring the history to life.
Call Number: E184.I8 L379 2015
The Journey of the Italians in America by A photographic history of Italian-American life. Beginning with the first major wave of immigration in the 1870s, this book portrays Italian-American hardships and successes, along with the lifestyles, organizations, and businesses they created in communities throughout the country. Four hundred photographs from public and private collections portray this colorful ethnic group.
Call Number: E184.I8 S26 2008
Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785 by "By the early 1770s the number of Scots emigrating to American had risen to 10,000 per year. A conservative estimate of the total number of Scots who settled in North America prior to 1785 is around 150,000. Dobson's work, based on original research on both sides of the Atlantic, comprehensively identifies the Scottish contribution to the settlement of North America prior to 1785, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth century."
Call Number: E184.S3 D66 2004
The Old Country and the New: Essays on Swedes and America by Documenting a rich Scandinavian American culture and ethnic perspective, this notable collection of seventeen essays and six editorials by renowned Swedish American historian H. Arnold Barton was compiled from writings published between 1974 and 2005. The result of three decades of extensive research in the United States and Sweden, the book covers Swedish emigration to North America as well as the history and culture of Swedes in their new country. In this rich mosaic of American ethnicity and cultural history, Barton analyzes the multifaceted Swedish emigration/immigration story.
Call Number: E184.S23 B28 2007
The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion by "Jay Gitlin’s comprehensive portrait of mid-America’s Francophone merchants demonstrates their importance as fur traders, town builders and advance agents of American empire. It adds a valuable new dimension to the story of national expansion and belongs on every western American history bookshelf."—William E. Foley, coauthor of The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis
Call Number: F596.3.F8 G585 2010
Ellis Island Nation: Immigration Policy and American Identity in the Twentieth Century by "We are told that the United States is a 'nation of immigrants,' built by people who came from many lands to make an even better nation. But this belief was relatively new in the 20th century, with immigrant quotas that endured until the Immigrant and Nationality Act of 1965. What changed over the course of the century is the rise of 'contributionism'--the belief that the newcomers from eastern and southern Europe contributed important cultural and economic benefits to American society."
Call Number: JV6455 .F59 2013