Uprooted 2nd Edition By Oscar Handlin

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Urban America History11/1/2004Oscar Handlin. The Uprooted. 2nd EditionPhiladelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.Oscar Handlin, the author of the Uprooted, reveals common experiences of the millions of European immigrants who came to America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-their fears, their hopes, their expectations. Which the author explains, and what was happening prior before and after the massive immigration into the United States in a literary narrative unencumbered with notations and academic jargon; of what the immigrants were going through and how the ideology, philosophy, and customs were not going to be transplanted in the shores of America. Instead, the immigrants were as the author explains "Uprooted" and having to learn new values and customs and become Americanized.Foreshadows, and background information was mentioned in the first chapter, which would help explain the reasons why immigrants were leaving their homeland to find a new place to call home."For a thousand years, the number of people on the continent had remained constant...""Between 1750 and 1850 the population of the continent leaped from about one hundred and forty million to about two hundred and sixty,..."There was a massive population increase that was caused from a gradual decline in death rate, particularly in that of children under the age of two. This decline put a major burden on various communities throughout Europe, and because of that the European values and customs made difficulty for families to move out from their own home and start a living for themselves. This was mainly because most of Europe was overcrowded already.Once the immigrant has decided to make the sojourn to America to make a better life for himself and for his family, he found himself with a new problem, a new fear. How is he going to find bread not only for himself but for his whole entire family? Oscar Handlin narrates possible scenarios that the immigrant might have faced when they finally arrived. Which helps the reader understand more about the given topic they are reading, and feel what the immigrants did when they entered this first part of becoming an American."A man holds dear what little he has left." Interesting way the author started the chapter about religion. The one security the immigrant that had left was religion, and even then it was changed in a way that made the immigrant feel insecure about and also attracted to the various freedoms that they never had in their former country. Many different types of religions were being brought over from Europe during this time, and those from different countries might have shared the same religion but never would they share the same church. Ethnicity was not the only thing that was keeping people out of places of worship. Immigrants in the second wave, "Southern Europe and Eastern Europe" found that the well established religions in America, had become Americanized and lost communication with Europe...

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