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Aliens or Americans?   By: (1851-1939)

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Aliens or Americans? by Howard B. (Howard Benjamin) Grose is a captivating and thought-provoking exploration of the immigrant experience in the United States. Delving into the complex dynamics of identity, assimilation, and belonging, Grose provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities faced by immigrants throughout history.

One of the book's strengths lies in Grose's extensive research, which is evident in the wealth of historical and anecdotal evidence he presents. Drawing from a range of sources including interviews, government documents, and personal stories, the author effectively contextualizes the experiences of various immigrant groups. Whether discussing the Irish in the 19th century or more recent influxes of immigrants from Asia or Latin America, Grose provides a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted journey to becoming an American.

Grose's eloquent prose allows the reader to empathize with immigrants, regardless of their origin or motivations for coming to America. He skillfully depicts their struggles, aspirations, and the triumphs they achieve against the odds. By humanizing these individuals, the author challenges stereotypes and prejudice, ultimately advocating for a more inclusive understanding of what it means to be American.

While addressing the complexities of immigration, Grose also sheds light on the broader social, economic, and political ramifications of immigration throughout American history. He exposes the inherent contradictions in American society, where immigrants have been both vilified and celebrated depending on the prevailing sentiments of the time. By highlighting the contributions immigrants have made to the country, Grose dismantles the notion that they are a burden or threat to American culture.

One of the book's few shortcomings is its limited examination of contemporary immigration challenges and debates. Although Grose primarily focuses on historical events, a more in-depth exploration of current policies and attitudes towards immigrants would have added further relevance and depth to the narrative. Nevertheless, this minor drawback does not diminish the overall impact and importance of the book's central message.

In conclusion, Aliens or Americans? is an illuminating and timely exploration of the immigrant experience in the United States. Howard B. Grose's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and compassionate approach make this book a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of America's multicultural fabric. By revealing the struggles and triumphs of immigrants, the author calls for greater empathy and appreciation for the diverse contributions that have shaped American society throughout history.

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[Illustration: COMING AMERICANS]

FORWARD MISSION STUDY COURSES

EDITED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S MISSIONARY MOVEMENT

ALIENS

OR

AMERICANS

?

HOWARD B. GROSE With Introduction BY JOSIAH STRONG

NEW YORK: EATON & MAINS CINCINNATI: JENNINGS & GRAHAM COPYRIGHT, 1906, BY YOUNG PEOPLE'S MISSIONARY MOVEMENT NEW YORK

UNGUARDED GATES

Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild, motley throng Men from the Volga and the Tartar steppes, Featureless figures of the Hoang Ho, Malayan, Scythian, Teuton, Celt, and Slav, Flying the old world's poverty and scorn; These bringing with them unknown gods and rites, Those, tiger passions, here to stretch their claws. In street and alley what strange tongues are these, Accents of menace alien to our air, Voices that once the Tower of Babel knew!

O Liberty, White Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded? On thy breast Fold Sorrow's children, soothe the hurts of fate, Lift the downtrodden, but with the hand of steel Stay those who to thy sacred portals come To waste the gifts of freedom. Have a care Lest from thy brow the clustered stars be torn And trampled in the dust. For so of old The thronging Goth and Vandal trampled Rome... Continue reading book >>




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