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Destination America: The Book

E Pluribus Unum — "Out of many, one." When the Continental Congress chose this Latin motto for the Great Seal of the United States in 1782, it did so to assert the fact that thirteen British colonies in North America were now an independent, united nation. That motto is also an eloquent expression of the fundamental nature of American society, from ancient times to the present day: The United States is a nation of nations. People from every corner and country of the planet have come to America to make their homes, to seek their fortunes, or to escape injustice and oppression. Destination America is their story.

A companion volume to the acclaimed PBS television series, Destination America is an absorbing narrative of how the United States came to be, and a compelling chronicle of how the nation has become what it is today — the world's foremost multicultural society.

The desire for freedom in its many manifestations brought millions to America's shores, and Destination America frames the story of immigration to America in terms of those freedoms: "Freedom to Worship" — from the Pilgrims, Puritans, Mennonites, and Huguenots of the Colonial Era to today's religious refugees; "Freedom from Oppression" — from the radicals of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries to the Communist dissidents who chose to leave their homeland; "Freedom from Want" — how the desire for land, or a decent wage, and a better life in general inspired millions to forsake their native lands for the often difficult and dangerous journey to America; "Freedom from Fear" — from political refugees forced to flee their native country to victims of totalitarianism and extremism in the 20th and 21st centuries; and "Freedom to Create" — how countless immigrant artists, performers, athletes, and scientists reached their full potential in America. Along the way, Destination: America describes how the nation's women, both immigrants and not, struggled for freedom and equality in their own right.

Richly illustrated with more than 500 photos and artworks (including specially commissioned, digitally rendered maps), and featuring an extensive gazetteer section to provide a detailed analysis of global immigration to America, Destination America is the most entertaining, informative, and comprehensive "family portrait" of the United States ever published.

Author Chuck Wills

A writer, editor, and consultant specializing in American history, Chuck Wills's most recent books include Boom Times, Hard Times, a history of America in the 1920s and 1930s, and two young-adult books on daily life in America in the 1940s and 1950s. He has written or contributed to numerous other works on American history, including Daily Life in Colonial America and a series of historical albums on the American states. In addition to his historical work, Wills has a sideline in popular culture, technology, and music, including co-authoring 2003's Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip. He lives in New York City.

About DK Publishing, Inc.

DKSince 1974, DK Publishing, Inc. has published an extensive range of internationally acclaimed adult and children's titles. A market leader in non-fiction, DK Publishing, Inc. prides itself on creating books that offer comprehensive information and superb design. Founded in 1974, the company continues to go from strength to strength and has seen many exciting developments over the past 30 years. From history to travel, pregnancy to popular culture, DK publishes an extensive range of titles. All subjects offer a wealth of information, presented in highly visual, beautifully designed formats.

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