Defining Moments in American History: The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920

Editor/Author Hillstrom, Kevin
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-78402-621-9
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 39
Book Status: Pending
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Provides a detailed account of U.S. immigration from 1870 to 1920. Explores the forces that drove emigrants to the U.S.; shows what they experienced when they arrived; and reviews the history of U.S. immigration through the present.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Narrative Overview
  • Prologue
  • Chapter One: Immigration to America Before the Civil War
  • Chapter Two: The Great Wave
  • Chapter Three: The Voyage to America
  • Chapter Four: Ellis Island
  • Chapter Five: The Melting Pot
  • Chapter Six: Shutting the Golden Door
  • Chapter Seven: Immigration from the 1920s to the Present
  • Biographies
  • Jane Addams (1860-1935) Advocate for Immigrants and Founder of Hull House
  • Prescott F. Hall (1868-1921) Co-founder of the Immigration Restriction League
  • George Frisbie Hoar (1826-1904) U.S. Senator Who Championed Immigrant Rights
  • Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) Leading Advocate of Immigration Restrictions in Congress
  • Terence V Powderly (1849-1924) Commissioner General of Immigration, 1897-1902
  • Robert Watchorn (1859? -1944) Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, 1905-1909
  • William Williams (1862-1947) Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, 1902-1905 and 1909-1913
  • Primary Sources
  • A Labor Leader Warns Against the “Chinese Invasion”
  • A Defense of Chinese Immigrants in America
  • A Native-Born American Lashes Out at East European Immigrants
  • The “Horrors” of Steerage
  • A Long and Difficult Journey
  • Forging a New Identity in America
  • Coolidge Signs the Immigration Act of 1924
  • A Criticism of “Guest Worker” Proposals
  • A Proposal to Increase Legal Immigration
  • “A Yearning That Is Timeless”
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Photo and Illustration Credits