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Atlas of American Migration Hardcover – November 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0816031580 ISBN-10: 0816031584 Edition: 1st
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This source, rather than having an alphabetical or chronological arrangement, is divided into 10 thematic chapters, from "A Shifting Mosaic: America and Migration," to "The Suburban Frontier: Migration Since 1945." Intervening chapters cover such topics as slavery, Native American migration, the settlement of the West, and the move to the cities after 1890. Each chapter is an extended essay that is broken into various headings and subheadings. The most important features of the atlas are the many tables, graphs, and maps. For example, chapter two, "The Earliest Americans: Pre-Columbian Migration," has a time line as well as maps showing, among other things, settlement in the Pre-Columbian Southwest, distribution of the Mississippi Temple Mound culture, Norse exploration, and Native American language families. The chapter on American slavery, entitled "Migration in Chains," includes the maps "Underground Railroad," "Slave Revolt and Flight," and "Slavery's Westward Migration after 1820," among others. All maps were created especially for this volume. Data in charts and tables were drawn primarily from sources such as the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. The volume concludes with a selected bibliography, mostly of secondary sources, and an index. The index would be improved if it identified the illustrations, maps, and other graphics that are listed.

We the People: An Atlas of America's Diversity (Macmillan, 1988) also looks at migration patterns in the U.S. A more scholarly source, it is now somewhat out-of-date. Atlas of American Migration contains information up to the mid-1990s. Because of its arrangement, libraries may be tempted to put it in the circulating collection. However, it contains many valuable maps and statistics for reference use in high-school, public, and academic libraries.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File; 1st edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816031584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816031580
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Selma Blackmon on May 21, 2009
The author has done a detailed review of all migrations, not just the major routes and times. My family came from N.Y. to Illinois in 1858 by land and not water. This is included. Another of my family came from central Eugrope in 1853 and 1864, this is not a major famine or war, but suggestions are given by the author. I have been looking for this type of a book for a long time. Thank you!!!
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