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This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration | Linda Barret Osborne
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American attitudes toward immigrants are paradoxical. On the one hand, we see our country as a haven for the poor and oppressed; anyone, no matter his or her background, can find freedom here and achieve the American Dream. On the other hand, depending on prevailing economic conditions, fluctuating feelings about race and ethnicity, and fear of foreign political and labor agitation, we set boundaries and restrictions on who may come to this country and whether they may stay as citizens. This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue. Includes an author s note, bibliography, and index."
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ImperfectCJ
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Some not-perfect things about this book, including its being outdated (written in 2015, so not old, per se, but a lot has happened immigration-wise in 6 years) and the author several times using the term "illegal" to describe people rather than their immigration status, which is inaccurate at best. Aside from this, though, it's a kid-friendly, non-partisan overview of the history of immigration policy in the US. July #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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bookelf221
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"Success is not measured by the position the person has reached in life, but the obstacles she or he has overcome."

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Kelly
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I can see the end of the #cybils reading tunnel.

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