SPOTLIGHT ON: IMMIGRANT HISTORY
By Christine Bruzzese
honor of Immigrant History Week, April 15 to April 21, 2010, this article
features resources that can be found in the City Hall Library collection.
New York has always been known as a city of immigrants. Whether they
settled in New York City or other regions of the United States, immigrants
have contributed greatly to American life and culture.
The Newest New Yorkers from the New York City Department of City Planning
is usually published after every Federal census. Coverage begins with
1980. This report provides comprehensive and helpful information for
anyone researching recent immigration trends.
The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook by Tom Bernardin is a compilation
of recipes from immigrants and their descendants. Recipes are listed
by country of origin. Learn how to make Italian stuffed eggplant, Danish
apple cake, Jamaican oxtail stew and other dishes. Also included is
background information on Ellis Island, plus advice on compiling and
preserving family recipes and tracing genealogy.
All the Nations under Heaven: an Ethnic and Racial History of New
York City by Frederick M. Binder and David M. Reimers chronicles the experiences
of immigrant groups as they arrived in New York and became part of life
here. Beginning with the days of Dutch colonization, the focus is on
how immigrants sought to adapt to their new land while maintaining unique
social and cultural identities. Also explored are the interactions of
various ethnic and racial groups. The authors aim to show how the arrival
and settlement of immigrants transformed New York life and continue to
Vertical files and biographical articles may also be of assistance in
exploring more facets of this topic. Find out more about our predecessors
who helped contribute to the diversity of New York City and the immigrants
who continue the tradition.
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