The society of the United States as a mosaic made up of various immigrants is the theme of this compact, readable book. Each successive wave of newcomers is treated separately in chronological
chapters. The story of the immigrants involves their origins and character; their settlement, their reception in the United States, and their reaction to the New World; their impact on their adopted country; the effect
of the exodus on their homelands; and United States immigration policies. Selected writings are derived from letters, journals, and memoirs of immigrants.