Transforming America
Perspectives on U.S. Immigration
by Michael C. LeMay, Editor
December 2012, 807pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39643-4
$163, £121, 136€, A233
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During the 18th and 19th centuries, the United States evolved from a small nation of farmers to an urbanized and industrialized nation—an evolution borne on the backs of tireless immigrants. In the 20th century, the number of immigrants to the United States continued to explode, despite some decidedly un-American policies designed to stem the tide. The technological advancements, political clout, and overall wealth we enjoy in the United States today is a direct result of millions of immigrants from around the world—indeed, immigrants made modern-day America.

Utilizing multiple perspectives of related academic disciplines, this three-volume set of contributed essays enables readers to understand the complexity of immigration to the United States and grasp how our history of immigration has made this nation what it is today.

Transforming America: Perspectives on U.S. Immigration covers immigration to the United States from the founding of America to the present. Comprising 3 volumes of 31 original scholarly essays, the work is the first of its kind to explore immigration and immigration policy in the United States throughout its history.

These essays provide a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives from experts in cultural anthropology, history, political science, economics, and education. The book will provide readers with a critical understanding of the historical precedents to today’s mass migration. Viewing the immigration issue from the perspectives of the contributors’ various relevant disciplines enables a better grasp of the complex conundrum presented by legal and illegal immigration policy.

Michael C. LeMay is professor emeritus from California State University-San Bernardino, having retired as a full professor, former chair of his department, and assistant dean. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Illegal Immigration; Praeger's Guarding the Gates: Immigration and National Security; and The Perennial Struggle: Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Group Relations in the United States.


"This is a useful resource for undergraduates. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, June 1, 2013

"The chapters provide interesting details of immigration during the intended time period and present the issues that were at the forefront at that time. . . . This book could be useful in the reference collection or in the circulating collection of academic libraries."—ARBA, January 1, 2013
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