THE NEWCOMERS: Ten Tales of American Immigrants by Joseph & Edith Raskin

THE NEWCOMERS: Ten Tales of American Immigrants

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Not every newcomer had things easy in his adopted land: ""The black farmer of Manhattan Island"" barely escaped a capricious death sentence; the Corsican of ""Carlo's Prophecy"" was hanged for rebelling against the dishonest organizer of his Florida colony; and ""The Innocents"" had their hopes of lush farmland destroyed by the implacable, ungenerous prairie. The more fortunate immigrants here -- among them Ocean Born Mary, Asser Levy and Snow-Shoe Thompson -- are also more well known. Whatever the outcome, the Raskins recall the fortunes of ten adventuresome, ethnically varied early Americans, and though the style is far from polished, each tale has an authentic, roughhewn quality that is appropriate both to the hard surroundings and the sketchy mark each made on history. Though truth proves to be a little drier than the folklore collected by the same authors in Tales Our Settlers Told (KR 1971), it is handled here with the same simplicity and dispatch.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1974
Page count: 126pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard