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by Oscar Handlin

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1102 The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migration that Made the American People, by Oscar Handlin (read 17 Jan 1971) (Pulitzer History prize in 1952) I was moved by portions of this book but disappointed by the format. No footnotes, it tries to generalize the story of the immigrant. I kept thinking of my immigrant grandparents and so often what was said as a generalization was not applicable. But the insight into the tremendous emotional trauma involved in leaving the Old Country and taking up life here I found impelling. But so often the immigrant is pictured as defeated, overwhelmed, etc. My paternal grandfather certainly does not fit that picture. This book was far too short in documentation and specifics. ( )
  Schmerguls | May 25, 2009 |
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The Uprooted is a rare book, combining powerful feeling and long-time study to give us the shape and the feel of the immigrant experience rather than just the facts. It elucidates the hopes and the yearnings of the immigrants that propelled them out of their native environments to chance the hazards of the New World. It traces the profound imprint they made upon this world and how they, in turn, were changed by it.

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