The Big Move: Immigrant Voices from a Mill City

 
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The Big Move is an important contribution to the literature of immigration in America. The book features nine oral histories of men and women in Lowell, Mass., whose stories capture the essence of the immigrant and refugee experience not only among people in the United States but also those who have made 'the big move' anywhere in the world.

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Robert Forrant and Christoph Strobel collaboratively researched the history of immigration in Lowell for several years. Much of their work was supported by a grant from Lowell National Historical Park. Forrant is the author of Metal Fatigue and the co-editor of three books on university-community relations. Strobel is the author of Daily Life of the New Americans: Immigration Since 1965 and two previous books. They are members of the University of Massachusetts Lowell History Department.

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The immigrant story is imbedded in the past and the future of the United States. As so ably captured in The Big Move, the immigrant experience continues to remake communities across the United States. There is perhaps no more fitting place than Lowell, Mass.--with its lengthy immigrant history--from which to view the updated story and observe how the nation is being positively transformed by its newest waves of immigrants. This book provides important new insights into how we continue to change as newcomers from highly diverse backgrounds confront the challenges of a new and unfamiliar culture. --Linda Silka, University of Maine

Robert Forrant and Christoph Strobel, under contract to Lowell National Historical Park, defined, researched, and created an ethnographic overview of immigrant communities, past and present, in Lowell, Mass. The Big Move features a selection of the 35 oral histories they compiled for the larger study. Emblematic of Lowell's diverse population, the oral histories in The Big Move provide an intensely personal perspective that brings to life the individual achievements and challenges that are representative of issues faced by their larger communities in the 21st century. --David Blackburn, Lowell National Historical Park

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