Daily Life of the New Americans
Immigration since 1965
by Christoph Strobel
June 2010, 168pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36313-9
$55, 46€, A79
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The foreign-born population in the United States, hailing from nations around the globe, increased from an estimated 9.7 million in 1960 to an estimated 35.2 million in 2005. A remarkable 12.1 percent of the U.S. population was born in a foreign country. What has it been like for these immigrants as they build new lives as Americans?

A detailed and engaging historical examination that provides an intimate understanding of the daily life of the new immigrants in the United States.

In the last decades, a growing number of immigrants from around the world have arrived in the United States. Daily Life of the New Americans: Immigration since 1965 provides a thematic overview of their everyday lives and underscores the diversity and complexity of the newcomer experience.

Organized into six thematic chapters, the book examines how immigrants from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe are changing the face of the American nation, and, at the same time, are themselves being changed by living in America. The stories told here are enhanced through the use of oral histories that bring immigrant experiences vividly to life.


  • Photographs depict scenes of immigrant daily life
  • A chronology of events outlines the main events in recent immigration history
Christoph Strobel teaches classes in world, non-Western, and Native American history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA. He is the author of The Testing Grounds of Modern Empire: The Making of Colonial Racial Order in the American Ohio Country and the South African Eastern Cape, 1770s-1850s and coauthor, alongside Alice Nash, of the Greenwood Press book Daily Life of Native Americans from Post-Columbian through Nineteenth-Century America.


"This narrative reference text thematically explores the daily life experiences of immigrants to the United States arriving since the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Aiming to make the work accessible to high school students and a general readership, Strobel (U. of Massachusetts) offers chapters on the diversity of immigrant communities and their migration stories; the economic positions and activities of immigrant communities; identity, family relations, intergenerational issues, and other issues of family life; the community life and culture of immigrants and interactions with the rest of society; issues of stereotyping and discrimination; and the impact of politics and policy on the daily life of immigrants."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2010

"This insightful work is a suitable addition for schools with AP or other college preparatory programs."—School Library Journal, October 1, 2010

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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