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Encyclopedia of North American immigration /
John Powell.
imprint
New York, NY : Facts On File, c2005.
description
xiv, 464 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0816046581
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Book
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imprint
New York, NY : Facts On File, c2005.
isbn
0816046581
catalogue key
5374546
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
The transformation of the culture of the North American continent since the 15th century is one of the great historical events of the past 500 years. For good or bad, it has shaped the destinies of millions of people of all races, transformed the nature of international politics, and altered the concept of personal possibilities in every country. The magnitude and diversity of the migration to North America has made analysis of the process as a whole quite difficult, mainly because the peopling of North America was not a single movement but hundreds of separate movements, each with its own story, foundations, rationale, and outcome.
Encyclopedia of North American Immigration is a solid, comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia consisting of more than 300 A-to-Z entries on events, themes, people, places, and legislation related to immigration. This valuable reference to a popular and ever-changing topic provides straightforward and concise information on the groups, policies, and events that defined the world's greatest migration of peoples and shaped their reception in North America. Each of the articles includes an extensive, up-to-date bibliography that will provide every reader with the necessary resources for further research. Historical black-and-white photographs, as well as maps and graphs, are enhanced by a general bibliography, a subject index, and a general index.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-04-15:
Because immigration increased over time, it is usually studied as a series of events that had unique effects on each group of immigrants. In this A-to-Z, Powell (history, Oklahoma Baptist Univ.) does as much, providing 300 entries for groups, people, concepts, and events related to U.S. and Canadian immigration. Coverage seems broad, but inconsistencies become recognizable, e.g., there is a lengthy entry for "Refugee Status" but none for "Asylee Status." A resource about immigration, however large or small, shouldn't fail to provide a separate entry for a term perhaps more synonymous with U.S. immigration than any other.-Mirela Roncevic (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
Powell offers "a convenient one-volume reference full of straightforward and concise information on people, groups, policies, and events that defined the world's greatest migration of peoples to a continent and shaped their reception in North America." More than 300 entries in this up-to-date resource show the amplitude and diversity of the migration to the US and Canada over the past 500 years. Arranged in alphabetical order, separate entries are devoted to single ethnic groups (e.g., Afghan immigration); individuals (e.g., Christopher Columbus, Cesar Chavez); geographical locations with a high concentration of immigrant populations such as Detroit and Quebec; and a wide range of conceptual topics addressed from historical, political, social, economic, and cultural perspectives (e.g., "illegal immigration," "cold war," "mafia"). Some 60 black-and-white historical photographs illustrate various historical moments. The encyclopedia also includes discussions of legislation related to immigration. Each article includes historical and recent statistical data from sources such as the US Census. Supplementary reading lists direct users to research and studies in their areas of interest. A glossary illustrates the evolving nature of the terminology specific to the field, and two ample appendixes include excerpts from and comments on documents related to immigration. An up-to-date bibliography includes sections arranged by resource type (e.g., general reference works, atlases) and topical studies (e.g., agriculture, arts and culture, ethnic associations). An "Entries by Subject" listing is followed by an in-depth subject index. This valuable reference work on a hot topic belongs in all types of libraries--not only in the US and Canada, which offered shelter to immigrants, but also in libraries worldwide--and in private collections as a reference source for documentation on individuals' ancestry. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. H. G. B. Anghelescu Wayne State University
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Summaries
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Examining the transformation of the culture of the North American continent since the 15th century The Encyclopedia of North American Immigration is a comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia consisting of more than 300 A-to-Z entries on events, themes, people, places, and legislation related to immigration.
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"Includes more than 300 A-to-Z entries on the topics people, places, events, themes, and legislation related to immigration in North America. Includes a glossary; black-and-white photographs; maps, graphs and tables; a document appendix; a bibliography; subject index; and general index."
Unpaid Annotation
The transformation of the culture of the North American continent since the 15th century is one of the great historical events of the past 500 years. For good or bad, it has shaped the destinies of millions of people of all races, transformed the nature of international politics, and altered the concept of personal possibilities in every country. The magnitude and diversity of the migration to North America has made analysis of the process as a whole quite difficult, mainly because the peopling of North America was not a single movement but hundreds of separate movements, each with its own story, foundations, rationale, and outcome.

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