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A nation of nations: a great American immigration story

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"An incisive look at immigration, assimilation, and national identity" (Kirkus Reviews) and the landmark immigration law that transformed the face of the nation more than fifty years ago, as told through the stories of immigrant families in one suburban county in Virginia.In the years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born population of the United States has tripled. 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 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. "In A Nation of Nations, National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten brings these changes to life" (The Wall Street Journal), following a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually "Americanize." Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, the families included illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minorities, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping. It's been half a century since the Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as A Nation of Nations. With these "powerful human stories...Gjelten has produced a compelling and informative account of the impact of the 1965 reforms, one that is indispensable reading at a time when anti-immigrant demagoguery has again found its way onto the main stage of political discourse" (The Washington Post).
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In the years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born population of the United States has tripled. 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 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. "In A Nation of Nations, National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten brings these changes to life" (The Wall Street Journal), following a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually "Americanize." Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, the families included illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minorities, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping.

It's been half a century since the Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as A Nation of Nations. With these "powerful human stories...Gjelten has produced a compelling and informative account of the impact of the 1965 reforms, one that is indispensable reading at a time when anti-immigrant demagoguery has again found its way onto the main stage of political discourse" (The Washington Post).
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subject_facetDeveloping countries -- Emigration and immigration
Fairfax County (Va.) -- Biography
Fairfax County (Va.) -- Emigration and immigration
Fairfax County (Va.) -- Ethnic relations
Immigrants -- Virginia -- Fairfax County -- Biography
Immigrants -- Virginia -- Fairfax County -- Social conditions
Minorities -- Virginia -- Fairfax County -- Social conditions
Social change -- Virginia -- Fairfax County
United States -- Emigration and immigration
United States. -- Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965
title_displayA nation of nations : a great American immigration story
title_fullA Nation of Nations A Great American Immigration Story
A nation of nations : a great American immigration story / Tom Gjelten
A nation of nations [electronic resource] / Tom Gjelten
title_shortA nation of nations
title_suba great American immigration story
topic_facetEmigration and immigration
Ethnic relations
History
Immigrants
Minorities
Nonfiction
Social change
Social conditions
Sociology