The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 23, 2002 - History - 333 pages
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Awarded the 1952 Pulitzer Prize in history, The Uprooted chronicles the common experiences of the millions of European immigrants who came to America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries葉heir fears, their hopes, their expectations. The New Yorker called it "strong stuff, handled in a masterly and quite moving way," while the New York Times suggested that "The Uprooted is history with a difference葉he difference being its concerns with hearts and souls no less than an event."

The book inspired a generation of research in the history of American immigration, but because it emphasizes the depressing conditions faced by immigrants, focuses almost entirely on European peasants, and does not claim to provide a definitive answer to the causes of American immigration, its great value as a well-researched and readable description of the emotional experiences of immigrants, and its ability to evoke the time and place of America at the turn of a century, have sometimes been overlooked. Recognized today as a foundational text in immigration studies, this edition contains a new preface by the author.

  

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1102 The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migration that Made the American People, by Oscar Handlin (read 17 Jan 1971) (Pulitzer History prize in 1952) I was moved by portions of this book but ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
Peasant Origins
7
The Crossing
34
Daily Bread
58
New Worlds New Visions
85
Religion as a Way of Life
105
The Ghettos
129
In Fellow Feeling
152
Generations
203
The Shock of Alienation
231
Restriction
255
Promises
268
After Two Decades
274
Encounters with Evidence
300
Acknowledgments
C-331
Copyright

Democracy and Power
180

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Oscar Handlin is Emeritus Professor of History, Harvard University. Among his many books are The American People in the Twentieth Century, Race and Nationality in American Life, and Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1880.

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