THE UPROOTED by Oscar Handlin


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A broad perspective of the flux of immigration, which is not particularized as to time and place or incident, but which records in larger terms the economic impetus and emotional dislocation of the drift to America. From its peasant origins in Europe to the Atlantic crossing, this follows the immigrant class as they faced unemployment and destitution, harsh labor conditions and loneliness, separateness in the new country where they lived in ghettos, and where they maintained a defensive solidarity through strengthening their own religious and cultural institutions. And with the next generation, there is the weakening of this identity, the disintegration of the family as sons and daughters move away, and eventually the assimilation which was to follow... A pattern of mass movement which is historical and sociological in its significance, compassionate in interpretation and elegiac in handling. For a special audience.

Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.