From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 334 pages
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Review: "In the history of New York City, few events loom larger than the wave of immigration at the turn of the twentieth century. Today a similar influx is once again transforming the city. More than one in three New Yorkers are now immigrants. From Ellis Island to JFK is the first in-depth study that compares these two huge social changes." "Nancy Foner offers a critical reassessment of the myths that have grown up around the earlier Jewish and Italian immigration - myths that deeply color how today's Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean arrivals are seen. Issue by issue, she reveals the often surprising realities of both immigrations." "Drawing on a wealth of historical and contemporary research, Foner, in a lively and entertaining style, opens a new chapter in the study of immigration - and in the story of the nation's gateway city."

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Between 1880 and 1920, a great wave of immigrants added a million and a half newcomersDmostly eastern European Jews and southern ItaliansDto New York City's population. Now a new wave of immigrants ... Read full review


1 Who They Are and Why They Have Come
2 Where They Live
3 The Work They Do
4 Immigrant Women and Work
5 The Sting of Prejudice
6 Transnational Ties
7 Going to School
8 A Look Backwardand Forward

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Nancy Foner is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Purchase. She is the author of "From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration "(2000) and "The Caregiving Dilemma: Work in an American Nursing Home" (1994), among others. She is the editor of "New Immigrants in New York" (1987) and coeditor, with Ruben Rumbaut and Steven Gold, of "Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives" (2000).

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