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A Nation of Immigrants Paperback – January 8, 2008


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061447544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061447549
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was president of the United States from 1961 to 1963. At forty-three, he was the youngest man ever elected to the Oval Office and the first Roman Catholic president.


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I would make it recommended reading for all high Schools.
Isabel Taylor
All I can do now is just read his words and apply it to my thinking today.
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An as-promised condition copy, I am glad to add it to my collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua B. on August 7, 2012
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Wow. Wow. WOW. This book. I bought this book because I've always been fairly interested in the topic of immigration, and finding myself with not that much to do on this last fourth of July, I decided to sit down and finally give the book a look. I read it cover-to-cover in 2 hours. I was blown away. I wanted to cry and scream. Forget ideologies and politics, looking at history alone, JFK outlines how clumsily, hypocritically and outright poorly, we, as a nation, have dealt with immigration.

I'm not a political person & I earnestly try to avoid politics, but the contents of this book are so compelling, I honestly think it is one of the most important books that every American needs to read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maxima on February 10, 2012
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The book goes through a history of US immigration and shows how truly we are a nation of immigrants. It is a short book but very detailed, giving the numbers of millions of Irish, Italians, and others who made America what it is, including the immigration patterns of "the Founding Fathers." None, except the slaves, came with any documentation--and of course that was forced migration and human trafficking. The book makes the indisputable point is that our nation is from people mostly from other places and that immigration policy has only been restrictive in a discriminatory manner. President Kennedy also writes eloquently about the very American principles of equal opportunity that our country was founded upon (despite having mistakenly departed from those principles and needing to expand the franchise). This book is a great read and clearly demonstrates that if we are to be true to our values, there is no reason to discriminate against current immigrants.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on October 1, 2005
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From the back cover:

"John F. Kennedy's classic essay on the immigrant experience in America -- reissued to coincide with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

"A lifelong concern of President Kennedy's was immigration reform....This landmark essay, written while he was President, discusses the ideas ultimately put into practice with the Immigration Bill of 1965, for which President Johnson gave him full credit.

In his new preface, John P. Roche, Kennedy's colleague and longtime friend, gives a charming and clear-eyed picture of the man and his career. And he puts _A Nation of Immigrants_ into perspective with a look at the current state of immigration laws...."
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On page 45 its says that immigration before 1965 favored western and northern Europe. According to JFK this was just racist.
The fact is western and northern Europe is were physics, chemistry, and calculus was developed. It is where internal combustion engines, diesel engines, turbine engines and jet engines were invented. Motorcycles, cars, trains, helicopters, jet airplanes, and the rocket technology that put the first American in space and sent an American to the moon were all developed in western Europe. Electromagnetism was discovered in northern Europe which led to the invention of motors, generators and transformer the development of electricity in western Europe. The electron was discovered in western Europe and the first electronic devices were invented there. The first mechanical refrigeration experiment was done in western Europe. The inventor of the telephone was from western Europe
Electromagnetic waves were discovered in western Europe and wireless communications was invented there. Xray, EKG, blood,
pressure meters were invented in western Europe. The first microscope with enough magnification to see blood cells and bacteria was developed in northern Europe. The first programmable digital computer computers were invented in western
Europe. About half of the worlds Nobel prize winners are from western and northern Europe and about a third of the Global Fortune
500 companies are located there. Semiconductors were first discovered in western Europe and the materials such as Silicon
were all discovered in western and northern Europe. The scientific discoveries, inventions from western and northern Europe
have produced tens of trillions of dollars of growth to worlds economy since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
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By J. Rowe on July 5, 2014
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Only 60 pages. Although well written.
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By Deannaprn on June 29, 2014
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An as-promised condition copy, I am glad to add it to my collection. A part of our American history, significant in my memory as the first president whose campaign and election I followed
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Nice look back on history. I'm glad that I got it. It was an easy read. JFK would have accomplished so much had he been alive.
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This small book is extremely well written and has fascinating pictures of old immigrants arriving in the US. We sometimes forget how important this immigration process has been for our country and how beneficial. Very interesting. I would make it recommended reading for all high Schools.
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