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3 books on the immigrant experience

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Like most millennials, I support immigrants and immigrant rights. Here are 3 books on the immigrant experience. 

Beyond the Baobab, by Judith Krummeck, is a chapbook of essays about the immigrant experience. It was a fascinating peek into the modern immigrant experience.

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, by David von Drehle, is the tragic story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, one of the worst workplace disasters in America. A lot of the employees who were working that day were immigrants from Italy and Russia; a lot of Russian Jews fled persecution that was somewhat similar to what Hispanics and Muslims are currently facing in America. I had a hard time putting it down.

 

If you live in Baltimore, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Red Emma’s, a local bookstore and cafe. It was named after Emma Goldman, the Emma in Paul Avrich’s biography Sasha and Emma. Emma and Alexander “Sasha” Berkman were Russian Jews who fled persecution in their homeland. This persecution made them, similar to a lot of other Jews who faced persecution in 19th and early 20th century Russia, political firebrands who agitated for better lives for themselves. 

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