City of dreams : the 400-year epic history of immigrant New York

by Anbinder, Tyler,

Format: Print Book 2016
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A defining American story of millions of immigrants, hundreds of languages, and one great city

New York has been America's city of immigrants for nearly four centuries. Growing from Peter Minuit's tiny settlement of 1626 to one with more than three million immigrants today, the city has always been a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. It is only fitting that the United States, a "nation of immigrants," is home to the only world city built primarily by immigration. More immigrants have entered the United States through New York than through all other entry points combined, making New York's immigrant saga a quintessentially American story.

City of Dreams is the long-overdue, inspiring, and defining account of New York's both famous and forgotten immigrants: the young man from the Caribbean who relocated to New York and became a Founding Father; an Italian immigrant who toiled for years at railroad track maintenance before achieving his dream of becoming a nationally renowned poet; Russian-born Emma Goldman, who condoned the murder of American industrialists as a means of aiding downtrodden workers; Dominican immigrant Oscar de la Renta,who dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Over ten years in the making, Tyler Anbinder's story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs. Today's immigrants are really no different from those who have come to America in centuries past--and their story has never before been told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* New York City is unique, and it was made that, in large part, by being a city of immigrants. There were more immigrants living in New York in 1950 than the full population in all but two other American cities. This superb book may not quite live up to its subtitle (it emphasizes only the largest immigrant group in each era), but it is full of fascinating, rock-solid history and provides compelling texture behind the larger trends. Although it starts with conflicts between the English and Dutch, it quickly goes on to the huge German (John Jacob Astor and others) and Irish immigrations (many, especially after the potato blight began in 1847). Though groups are well handled in the aggregate, Anbinder also covers important individuals (Scotsman Cadwallader Colden, Samuel Gompers, the Steinways, and many lesser others). His coverage of the Italians and his own precursors, the Jews, is balanced and excellent. Among the book's most powerful sections are those dealing with the horrendous living conditions for most immigrants in New York and the even-more-horrific transatlantic journey. Along with immigration, of course, came nativism, Know Nothing-ism, and restrictions of multiple kinds all addressed thoroughly. The well-chosen photographs help illustrate the fine narrative, as do the maps and charts.--Levine, Mark Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Anbinder (Five Points), a professor of history at George Washington University, traces the history of New York City's immigrant groups from the earliest Dutch settlers to the waves of Caribbean and Chinese immigrants who have more recently made their mark on the city, spinning a tale of tragedy and triumph that comes with political teeth. Anbinder adeptly shows that the same fears that dominate 21st-century debates on immigration were alive and well in earlier eras, arguing persuasively that 19th-century immigrant communities were far more insular and impregnable than their present-day counterparts. In fact, so discrete were these ethnic neighborhoods that a Jew leaving the familiar confines of the Lower East Side or an Italian venturing north of Washington Square was said to be "going to America." Anbinder is a master at taking a history with which many readers will be familiar-tenement houses, temperance societies, slums-and making it new, strange, and heartbreakingly vivid. The stories of individuals, including those of the entrepreneurial Steinway brothers and the tragic poet Pasquale D'Angelo, are undeniably compelling, but it's Anbinder's stunning image of New York as a true city of immigrants that captures the imagination. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
New York (N.Y.) -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2016
Language English
Description xxiv, 738 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 694-700) and index.
ISBN 9780544104655
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