American Immigration History From The United States Essay

1762 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Handlin and Bodnar highlight different facets of American immigration history from the point of departure to trans-Atlantic crossing, to arrival and the development of ethnic communities in the United States. Authors Lee, Miller, Peiss, Ribak, and Alamillo expand and reconsider the basic story presented by Handlin and Bodnar. In “Uprootedness,” Handlin presents to us that the crossing from Europe to America was “harsh and brutal.” These immigrants were torn from their communities becoming alienated in a new place. These immigrants were conflicted in the transition from “old ways” to the “new.” However, they preferred to rely upon their old traditions. Although, they tried to bring their village experience to America, America still changed them and took their identity. They were Americans now, but still having to be judged by the “real” Americans to say if they were or not. “Transplantation” by Bodnar had a different approach on immigration. Bodnar explains that immigrants adapted to two separate worlds, one was working class and the other middle class. Their everyday life was a “product of inequality of power and resources within the system of capitalism.” Bodnar states that these immigrants are the “children of capitalism.” Bodnar presents to us that the immigrants did as best as they could to produce a better life even though they were being held back. They did not bring their old traditions with them and instead just adapted to the new life they now know as America.…

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