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Author Gjelten, Tom.

Title A nation of nations : a great American immigration story / Tom Gjelten.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    305.8009 GJE    Available
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Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description x, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustration ; 24 cm.
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Summary "In the fifty years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born population of the United States has tripled. Significantly, these immigrants are not coming from Europe, as was the case before 1965, but from all corners of the globe. Today non-European immigration is ninety percent of the total immigration to the US. Americans today are vastly more diverse than ever. They look different, speak different languages, practice different religions, eat different foods, and enjoy different cultures. In 1950, Fairfax County, Virginia, was ninety percent white, ten percent African-American, with a little more than one hundred families who were 'other.' Currently the African-American percentage of the population is about the same, but the Anglo white population is less than fifty percent, and there are families of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American origin living all over the county. A Nation of Nations follows the lives of a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually 'Americanize.' Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, these families have stories that illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minorities, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping."- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-385) and index.
Contents Part one: Two families from Korea ; A family from Bolivia ; Out of Korea ; Bolivia to America ; A family from Libya ; Crossroads ; A Libyan boy in America -- Part two: Good immigrants, bad immigrants ; JFK ; The 1965 reform -- Part three: Turning point ; Minorities ; Diversity ; Muslim Americans ; Integration ; Initiative -- Part four: Backlash ; After 9/11 ; The second generation ; Politics ; Americanization.
Subject Minorities -- Virginia -- Fairfax County -- Social conditions.
Immigrants -- Virginia -- Fairfax County -- Social conditions.
Immigrants -- Virginia -- Fairfax County -- Biography.
Social change -- Virginia -- Fairfax County.
Fairfax County (Va.) -- Ethnic relations.
Fairfax County (Va.) -- Emigration and immigration.
Fairfax County (Va.) -- Biography.
Developing countries -- Emigration and immigration.
United States -- Emigration and immigration.
United States. Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965.
ISBN 9781476743851 (hardcover)
1476743851 (hardcover)
Standard No. 40025242069

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