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 Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including In a New Land (NYU Press). She is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Career Award given by the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.

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