Walls and Welcome Mats
Immigration and the American Dream
by Lars Krogstad Ortiz
Narrated by Angela Juarez
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2023
Lerner Audiobooks, Twenty-First Century Books ™
Since the founding of the United States, immigrants have made important contributions to the history and culture of the country.
Yet immigration has always been a topic that stirs up strong passions. Throughout history, immigrants have faced anger, fear, and violence.
The United States houses more immigrants than any other country in the world. Over forty million people living in the United States were born in another country. They are doctors, technology experts, construction workers, and teachers as well as parents, friends, and neighbors. So why do immigrants continue to face prejudice and even violence at the hands of other Americans?
Walls and Welcome Mats: Immigration and the American Dream examines the ways immigration has shaped America and how the backlash against it has shaped the conversation around migrants and refugees. Author Lars Ortiz explores the history of immigration in the United States from before the country was born to present-day debates surrounding the southern US-Mexico border wall. This in-depth account of American immigration reveals the faces behind the issue, the past and present challenges faced by immigrants, and the optimism that leads people to seek a better future in a new land.
"This is history presented through the lens of immigration, and readers learn the basics . . . along with new insights."—Booklist
"A combination of real-life examples, critical historical context, and engaging graphics and data presentation makes this a solid choice. An inviting, thorough, and accessible introduction to an important and perpetually relevant topic."—Kirkus Reviews
"Highly readable, well-designed nonfiction with an appeal to the reader to consider their own stance."—School Library Journal
|2 Hours, 43 Minutes, 4 Seconds