The United States is often referred to as a "nation of immigrants."
Although its nature has changed dramatically over the years, immigration
lies at the central core of American identification and citizenship.
Crevecoeur,s question, "What is an American, this new man?" has a constantly
changing answer throughout American history. However, it remains a central
question, and immigration patterns have always defined what it means
to be an American.
The nature of immigration, various ethnic groups, and American policies
toward immigration are the subject of this reader. This collection:
- contrasts the differences in immigration over the years
- emphasizes the continuity in immigrant experiences
- directs students to better understand the importance of immigration
patterns, policies, and attitudes
- documents the history of immigration with print and photographs