The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921

The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921

The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921

The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921

Synopsis

In the two decades since the first edition of this tremendously successful book appeared, a vast scholarship undertaken by historians, sociologists, economists, and cultural anthropologists has altered the contours of American immigration history, challenging scholars to rethink long-held perspectives.

Insights derived from these diverse sources enrich the second edition of this popular text and have prompted important changes in emphasis and interpretation. Thoughtfully written to help student readers appreciate the varied pre- and post-migration experiences of the many groups and individuals who came to, and came to shape, the United States during this busy period, The Huddled Masses is essential reading for all enrolled in the United States history survey as well as specialized courses in Immigration and Ethnic Studies.

Excerpt

The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources—because it
was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.

Lyndon Baines Johnson
October 3, 1965

On the chilly, foggy afternoon of October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was unveiled by its sculptor, August Bartholdi. The 151foot copper statue had been a gift from France to the United States in celebration of the American centennial in 1876. Now, a decade later, it was complete, mounted atop a 150-foot concrete pedestal on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor. The ceremony was given over to speeches, most of them praising Franco-American relations and the principles of democracy. President Grover Cleveland and other speakers remarked on international goodwill and peace and the beneficial influence that American political ideals could have on nations throughout the world.

At the tip of Manhattan, within view of Bedloe's Island, crowds of foreigners scrambled off boats, anxious to partake of . . .

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