Chuck Wills PBS: Destination America

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PBS: Destination America

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The companion to a four-part PBS documentary provides a richly illustrated history of immigration in the United States, examining the reasons why people leave their homelands for America, how they traveled, their lives in America, and their important influence on American culture and society.

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Chuck Wills is an author and editor specializing in American history. He is the author of Boom Times, Hard Times history of America in the 1920's and 1930's.

David Grubin is a producer, director, writer, and cinematographer who has won every major award in his field, including 3 George Foster Peabody awards, 2 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, and 9 Emmys. He has produced over 100 films on subjects ranging from biographies of American Presidents for American Experience on PBS to The Secret Life of the Brain, Napoleon, and Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.

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Accompanying a PBS series, this book explores the historical issues that pushed or pulled people from other lands to America to create a new people and culture. Proceeding chronologically through U.S. history, the book highlights the introduction of different ethnicities: the first Americans, believed to have migrated from Europe or Asia across a "land bridge" in what is now the Bering Strait; European explorers, including, of course, Christopher Columbus; the slave trade; and European immigrants from the early 1800s through the 1900s. Wills details the conflicts as groups from other nations arrived, with emphasis on "Americanizing" immigrants, and the fabled role of Ellis Island in the immigrant story, as well as anti-immigration policies of the early 1900s. Separate chapters explore the appeal of the U.S. to immigrants: the freedom to worship and to create and freedom from oppression, want, and fear. Ample photographs and profiles of individual immigrants combine with the narrative to provide a lively and human look at how the nation has attracted a polyglot of people to create Americans. Vanessa Bush
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