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Encyclopedia of North American Immigration
  • Format
  • Authored by: John Powell
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816046581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4658-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 03/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 304.8
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 480


The transformation of the culture of the North American continent since the 15th century is one of the great historical events of the past 500 years. For good or bad, it has shaped the destinies of millions of people of all races, transformed the nature of international politics, and altered the concept of personal possibilities in every country. The magnitude and diversity of the migration to North America has made analysis of the process as a whole quite difficult, mainly because the peopling of North America was not a single movement but hundreds of separate movements, each with its own story, foundations, rationale, and outcome.

Encyclopedia of North American Immigration is a solid, comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia consisting of more than 300 A-to-Z entries on events, themes, people, places, and legislation related to immigration. This valuable reference to a popular and ever-changing topic provides straightforward and concise information on the groups, policies, and events that defined the world’s greatest migration of peoples and shaped their reception in North America. Each of the articles includes an extensive, up-to-date bibliography that will provide every reader with the necessary resources for further research. Historical black-and-white photographs, as well as maps and graphs, are enhanced by a general bibliography, a subject index, and a general index.


Black-and-white photographs. Maps and graphs. Index. Subject index. Appendix of documents. Bibliography. Glossary. Charts.

About the Author(s)

John Powell holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history and is currently an associate history professor. He has taught the history of American immigration for over 15 years, along with general courses in modern European and British history since 1984. His main area of research has been 19th-century British political history, with a significant interest in British policy toward Ireland. He has published four academic books, 10 articles in refereed journals, 28 shorter articles, two dozen book reviews, and several dozen articles in general reference works. He has had substantial editorial experience, editing several reference publications for Greenwood Press and Salem Press.

Reviews and Awards

"...a good starting point for student researchers...[a] useful, compact, affordable volume on an important topic. This would be a good addition for both undergraduate academic collections as well as public libraries. High school libraries with stronger budgets should consider it for purchase as well."
Reference Reviews

"This valuable reference work on a hot topic belongs in all types of libraries...and in private collections as a reference source for documentation on individuals' ancestry. Recommended."

"...an informative and comprehensive resource...a valuable addition to any library collection serving students, researchers, or interested general readers...provides a wealth of information...[The author's] engaging description of so many distinctive experiences and interesting tales in one, easy-to-use reference volume is certain to contribute to more tolerance and a better understanding of our unique heritages, making this particular addition to the Facts On File series a pleasure to recommend."
American Reference Books Annual

"...the Canada-related content really adds value, supporting a more global perspective and making the volume equally useful in high-school, public, and academic libraries in Canada and the U.S.—a statement that can be made about few reference books."

“Editors’ Choice Reference Source, 2005”
- Booklist/RBB

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