By Tom Gjelten

ISBN-10: 1476743851

ISBN-13: 9781476743851

ISBN-10: 147674386X

ISBN-13: 9781476743868

“An incisive examine immigration, assimilation, and nationwide identification” (Kirkus Reviews) and the landmark immigration legislations that remodeled the face of the country greater than fifty years in the past, as advised throughout the tales of immigrant households in a single suburban county in Virginia.

In the years because the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born inhabitants of the USA has tripled. american citizens this present day are drastically extra various than ever. they give the impression of being various, converse varied languages, perform varied religions, consume assorted meals, and luxuriate in assorted cultures.

In 1950, Fairfax County, Virginia, was once 90 percentage white, ten percentage African-American, with a bit multiple hundred households who have been “other.” at present the Anglo white inhabitants is lower than fifty percentage, and there are households of Asian, African, center japanese, and Latin American beginning residing everywhere in the county. “In A country of Nations, nationwide Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten brings those alterations to existence” (The Wall road Journal), following a few immigrants to Fairfax County over contemporary a long time as they steadily “Americanize.” Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, the households incorporated illustrate universal immigrant subject matters: friction among minorities, monetary festival and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping.

It’s been part a century because the Immigration and Nationality Act replaced the panorama of the United States, and no publication has assessed the effect or value of this legislation as A kingdom of Nations. With those “powerful human stories…Gjelten has produced a compelling and informative account of the effect of the 1965 reforms, one who is crucial studying at a time whilst anti-immigrant demagoguery has back came across its approach onto the most degree of political discourse” (The Washington Post).

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