Brown University


Becoming Americans: Immigrants Tell Their Stories from Jamestown to Today

by Ilan Stavans, ed. & Pete Hamill, foreward
The Library of America, January 2014   ISBN: 978-159853290-6
Price: $21.95

"Becoming Americans presents the full range of the experience of coming to America: the reasons for departure, the journey itself, the shock and spectacle of first arrival, the passionate ambivalence toward the old country and the old life, and above all the struggle with the complexities of Americanization.  Arranged in chronological order by date of arrival, this unprecedented collection presents a collective history of the United States that is both familiar and surprisingly new, as seen through the fresh eyes and fresh words of newcomers from more than forty different countries."

— publisher description