Immigrant Voices

Immigrant Voices

Twenty-Four Voices on Becoming an American

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Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451526984
  • 400 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


This wonderful anthology recreates the past from the voices of those who struggled to adapt to the “new world.” Facing such adversity as assimilation, prejudice, poverty, homesickness, and identity, these newcomers were able to persevere and their inspiring stories are full of hope, faith, and conviction. Gathering together narratives from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, this one-of-a-kind collection provides both a historical and uniquely personal perspective on the struggles and successes of immigrants–and illuminates for readers the difficult, rewarding experience of becoming an American.

Table of Contents

Letters from an American Farmer
Hector St. John de CrevecoeurInquiries of an Emigrant
Joseph PickeringA True Picture of Emigration
Rebecca BurlendAutobiography of Andrew Carnegie
Andrew CarnegieFrontier Mother
Gro SvendsenThe Nun of Kenmare
Margaret Anna CusackA Woman’s Quest
Marie ZakrzewskaStory of a Pioneer
Anna Howard ShawMemories of Henry Villard
Henry VillardThe Making of an American
Jacob RiisThe Promised Land
Mary AntinFrom Alien to Citizen
Edward SteinerA Far Journey
Abraham RihbanyThe Americanization of Edward Bok
Edward BokUp Stream
Ludwig LewisohnCaste and Outcast
Dhan Ghopal MukerjiA Daughter of the Samurai
Etsu SugimotoFrom Immigrant to Inventor
Michael PupinThe Soul of an Immigrant
Constantine PanunzioA Long Way From Home
Claude McKayChinaman’s Chance
No-Young ParkAmerica Is in the Heart
Carlos BulosanBarrio Boy
Ernesto GalarzaQuiet Odyssey
Mary Paik Lee