Two great waves of immigrationone at the start of the twentieth century and another in its final decadestransformed the history and personality of New York City. This book is the first in-depth comparison of New York's two immigration eras. Nancy Foner reassesses the myths that surround both sets of immigrants and explores topics ranging from gender roles to racial attitudes to the role of education in assimilation. Copublished with the Russell Sage Foundation
An exemplary book . . . a telling portrait of New York immigration in its two great waves . . . cleanses both movements of their mythic incrustations.