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The Immigrant in American History Marcus Lee Hansen

The Immigrant in American History

Marcus Lee Hansen

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In the earliest legends, we hear of heroes fleeing from the wrath of Gods, of a chosen people wandering through the wilderness, of tribes descending from the hills, all of which share a common trait: that of mankind in motion, a significant theme inMoreIn the earliest legends, we hear of heroes fleeing from the wrath of Gods, of a chosen people wandering through the wilderness, of tribes descending from the hills, all of which share a common trait: that of mankind in motion, a significant theme in history.But these heroes who would eventually transform into the pioneers and adventurers who sailed to the New World have altogether overshadowed another movement of mankind.Between 1815 and 1914 alone, fifty million emigrants set out from Europe for all corners of the world, including the Americas, tearing themselves away from the environment they knew and enduring many a hardship to forge a new path to a distant land.While their stories may lack glamour, through their endeavours these individual epics have become tightly woven into the very heart of American history.Across this collection of essays Hansen draws upon his own history and experiences of Americanisation, charting colonisation, showing how immigrants’ identities evolve across the generations, and how their contributions over history have enriched the American culture.Marcus Lee Hansen (1892-1938) was an American historian and Professor of History at the University of Illinois. The son of Scandinavian immigrants, he specialised in American immigration history. In 1941 he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History for ‘The Atlantic Migration, 1607–1860: A History of the Continuing Settlement of the United States’, which, like ‘The Immigrant in American History’, was published after his death, in 1940.