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  City Hall Library Notes, April 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON: Immigrant Heritage

By Christine Bruzzese

      The Newest New Yorkers: 1990 - 1994
   New York City Department of City Planning

      In honor of Immigrant Heritage Week, April 17 to April 24, 2013, this article features resources on immigrants that can be found in the City Hall Library collection. New York has always been known for the contributions of its immigrant population to the city's life and culture. Immigrants have also contributed greatly to the American nation.

      The Newest New Yorkers from the New York City Department of City Planning is usually published after every Federal census. Coverage begins with 1980 and goes up to 2000. This report provides comprehensive and helpful information for anyone researching recent immigration trends. The 2010 report is not available yet but should be by the end of 2013.

    From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration by Nancy Foner was published in 2000. This book compares immigration patterns from the era of 1880-1920 to that of the mid-1960's to 2000. The author discusses the reasons for immigration, residential patterns, how immigrants in both eras have become part of the New York City economic structure, immigrant women, prejudices against immigrants and other topics.

    Immigrant Life in New York City: 1825-1863 by Robert Ernst describes the experiences of immigrants arriving in New York City during this time period when approximately five million immigrants left their countries of birth for a new life in the United States. Originally published in 1948, this book focuses on the reasons for immigrating and settling in New York, life in tenements, immigrants working in skilled and unskilled jobs, cultural and political issues. Includes many statistical tables and maps of interest to the researcher.

From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration
Immigrant Life in New York City 1825 - 1863 by Robert Ernst

               From Ellis Island to JFK:
New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration

                    by Nancy Foner

          Immigrant Life in New York City
                       1825 - 1863

                    by Robert Ernst

    Becoming American, Being Indian: an Immigrant Community in New York by Madhulika S. Khandelwhal examines the lives and situations of Indian immigrants in New York City from 1965 to 2000. The author considers immigration patterns of Indians moving to New York City, cultural issues, religion, the role of the family, gender and other topics. Focus is on the borough of Queens which has become home to a large Indian immigrant population.

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