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Alexander, June, THE IMMIGRANT CHURCH AND COMMUNITY: Pittsburgh Slovak Catholics and Lutherans, 1880-1915. NEW copy, green boards, issued by publisher without dust jacket. 1st edition. (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987. )
~~~ "A rigorously researched and carefully constructed monograph on the formation of Slovak Catholic and Lutheran churches and communities in the pre-World War I Pittsburgh area." -- Journal of American Ethnic History.


Auch, Mary Jane, ASHES OF ROSES . NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (Sagebrush Education Resources). 250 pages.
~~~ Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan and her family are grateful to have finally reached America, the land of opportunity. But their happiness is shattered when part of their family is forced to return to Ireland. Rose wants to succeed and stays in New York with her younger sister Maureen. The sisters struggle to survive and barely do so by working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Then, just as Rose is forming friendships and settling in, a devastating fire forces her, Maureen, and their friends to fight for their lives. Surrounded by pain, tragedy, and ashes, Rose wonders if there is anything left for her in this great land of America.


Cisek, Janusz, POLISH REFUGEES AND THE POLISH AMERICAN IMMIGRATION AND RELIEF COMMITTEE. . NEW copy, trade paperback. 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006). Translated by Albert S. Juszczak. Foreward by Janusz Krzyzanowski. 46 photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 259 pp.

~~~ The end of World War II found a devastated Poland under Soviet occupation. Many Poles--those displaced to work camps in Germany, those in German concentration and P.O.W. camps, and those still in Poland made the decision to immigrate to the United States. Their journey, however, would not be easy. The rigors of the war had affected America as well, and immigration laws were strict. Fortunately, many Polish refugees received help from the Polish American Immigration and Relief Committee (PAIRC). Founded in 1947 to help Polish citizens displaced by World War II, the committee continued its work as the postwar period became the Cold War era and Poles continued to flee the communist regime.
~~~ This study of the PAIRC and its work includes both the broad history of the committee and stories of specific individuals, which add detail and lend insight into the plight of the refugees and the importance of the advocacy that the committee provided. Drawing on information from committee archives and firsthand consultations with prominent members, this book covers such topics as American immigration law, aid for the Polish Republic, and the effect of political change in Poland itself. It also discusses how the downfall of the communist government transformed Poland into a country that opened its own arms to the world’s refugees.


Conolly-Smith, Peter, TRANSLATING AMERICA: An Immigrant Press Visualizes American Popular Culture, 1895-1918 . NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (Smithsonian Institution Press). 272 pages.
~~~ Focusing on the three most significant German immigrant newspapers published in New York, Conolly-Smith explores how the images in the periodicals encouraged German immigrants to participate in the emerging forms of popular culture, and thus hastened their identification as Americans rather than Germans.


Conolly-Smith, Peter, FORGOTTEN ELLIS ISLAND: The Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital . NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (Harper Collins). 185 pages.
~~~ A century ago, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, one of the world's greatest public hospitals was built. Massive and modern, the hospital's twenty-two state-of-the-art buildings were crammed onto two small islands, man-made from the rock and dirt excavated during the building of the New York subway. As America's first line of defense against immigrant-borne disease, the hospital was where the germs of the world converged. The Ellis Island hospital was at once welcoming and foreboding - a fateful crossroad for hundreds of thousands of hopeful immigrants. Those nursed to health were allowed entry to America. Those deemed feeble of body or mind were deported. Three short decades after it opened, the Ellis Island hospital was all but abandoned. As America after World War I began shutting its border to all but a favored few, the hospital fell into disuse and decay, its medical wards left open only to the salt air of the New York Harbor. With many never-before-published photographs and compelling, sometimes heartbreaking stories of patients (a few of whom are still alive today) and medical staff, Forgotten Ellis Island is the first book about this extraordinary institution. It is a powerful tribute to the best and worst of America's dealings with its new citizens-to-be.


Hurwitz, Johanna, DEAR EMMA . NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (Harper Collins). Illustrated by Barbara Garrison. 150 pages.
~~~ In her letters to a Vermont friend, eighth grader Dossi, a Russian, Jewish immigrant living in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1910, shares her thoughts about her new brother-in-law, the diphtheria epidemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Ages 8-12


Jacobson, Matthew Frye, SPECIAL SORROWS: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (University of California Press). 327 pages.
~~~ A fascinating study of the ways Polish, Jewish, and Irish immigrants in the United States retained the cultures of their homeland and became involved in nationalist struggles there, while assimilating into American society.


Mazzucco, Melania G., VITA. . NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. (Harper Collins). 433 pages.
~~~ It is April 1903, and the steamship Republic spills more than 2,000 hopeful immigrants onto the pier at Ellis Island. Among them are Diamante, age 12, and Vita, 9, sent by their poor families in southern Italy to make their way in America. Amid the chaos and splendor of New York City, the poverty and crime of Little Italy, Diamante and Vita struggle to survive, to grow up and, most of all, to become American. From journeys west in search of work to journeys back to Italy in search of their roots, to Vita's son's encounter with his mother's hometown while serving as an army captain in World War II, Vita both slices through the mythology of the immigrant experience and pays imaginative homage to it. Weaving her own family history into this tale of discovery, love and loss, award-winning author Melania Mazzucco has created an epic that is passionate, beautifully vibrant and sometimes shockingly dark.


Ramos, Jorge, DYING TO CROSS: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Rayo). 173 pages.
~~~ From the Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author comes a gripping narrative account of the tragic deaths of 19 immigrants in Texas as they tried to make their way across the Mexican-American border.


Vasic, Ivan, THE IMMIGRATION HANDBOOK: A Practical Guide to United States Visas, Permanent Residency and Citizenship. . NEW copy, trade paperback. 8.5x11. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007). Appendices, bibliography, index, 224 pp.

~~~ While the United States remains a nation of immigrants, the path to citizenship is not an easy one--and in fact has become more difficult in recent years. In clear, readable language, this volume explains in detail every step an individual must take to obtain a nonimmigrant visa, an immigrant visa leading to permanent residency, or actual citizenship.
~~~ This book is essential reading for anyone involved with immigration--whether for themselves, a relative, or an employee. Examples of common immigration forms for the individual and for families are included and a list is provided of the most important websites for immigration issues.


Wright, Russell O., CHRONOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES. . NEW copy, trade paperback. 6X9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). Appendices, bibliography, index, 211 pp.

~~~ The United States is truly a nation of immigrants. While it was very sparsely populated by mostly Native Americans in 1600, today it is a nation of about 300 million people, most of whom are immigrants or descendents of immigrants. Before the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (which abolished national-origin quotas), about 40 million immigrants had come to America, most of them from Europe. Since 1965, another 40 million immigrants have arrived, primarily from Mexico and Asia.
~~~ This book details the issues and events of immigration to America chronologically from 1600 to the present, beginning with the mass influx of Jamestown settlers, Pilgrim separatists, and slaves during the colonial period and concluding with a discussion of the ongoing contemporary legislative debates over illegal immigration and border security. Other topics include the development of the first immigration-regulating laws in the Alien and Sedition Acts of the late 1790s; the mass influx of cheap immigrant labor during the industrial revolution; the intended severity of the 1917, 1921, and 1924 immigration laws; and the effects of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Patriot Act of 2001, and the Homeland Security Act of 2002 on reshaping the public’s opinion toward national security and immigration, particularly illegal immigration.


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