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Below are a list of books that explore the topic of immigration from historical, sociological, geographical perspectives in both print and pictures. Book topics range from Ellis Island to what it means to be American, with some materials focusing on specific groups: Latinos, Jews, Irish, and Asian Americans.

Afkhami, Mahnaz. Women in Exile. University Press of Virginia, 1994.

Archdeacon, Thomas J. Becoming American: An Ethnic History. New York: Free Press, 1984.

Benton, Barbara. Ellis Island: A Pictorial History. New York: Facts on File, 1987.

Brownstone, David M., and Irene M. Franck and Douglass Brownstone (Eds.) Island of Hope, Island of Tears: The Story of Those Who Entered the New World through Ellis Island In Their Own Words. Metro Books, 2002.

Conover, Ted. Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens. New York: Vintage, 1978.

Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. HarperPerennial, 1991.

Daniels, Roger. Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882. New York: Hill and Wang, 2004.

Dinnerstein, Leonard and Roger L. Nichols and David M. Reimers (Eds.) Natives and Strangers: A Multicultural History of Americans. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Fischer, David Hackett. Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Foner, Nancy. From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Gonzalez, Juan. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.

Grunberger, Michael W., and Hasia R. Diner. From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America. New York: George Braziller, 2004.

Handlin, Oscar. The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Jacoby, Tamar (Ed.) Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What it Means to Be American. New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Miller, Kerby A. Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Moreno, Barry. Encyclopedia of Ellis Island. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.

Portes, Alejandro and Ruben G. Rumbault. Immigrant America: A Portrait. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. New York: Little Brown, 1989.

Tanner, Helen Hornbeck. The Settling of North America: Atlas of the Great Migrations from the Ice Age to the Present. New York: MacMillan, 1995.

The Editors of Time-Life Books. Immigrants: The New Americans. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1999.

Webb, James. Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.

anti-immigration editorial cartoon

anti-immigration editorial cartoon

Quaker Vietnam protest


Sources: Immigrants on ship-Courtesy National Park Service, Quaker protest of Vietnam-Bettmann/CORBIS, Book & Series: Destination America

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