Skillfully shows how the experiences of immigrant children highlight the dramatic shift from farm to factory. . . . An engaging synthesis.
(Kriste Lindenmeyer, author of The Greatest Generation Grows Up)Her culturally sensitive survey fills a gap in histories of childhood and of immigration.
(Roger Daniels, Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati)Klapper has written a brief gem of a book, examining immigrant children in all of their diversity, tragedy, and triumph.
(Jonathan Zimmerman, author of Whose America?)A careful blending of personal accounts with the larger social issues and reform movements of the period.
(Marilyn Irvin Holt, author of Children of the Western Plains)Small Strangers touches on an astonishing range of key issues. . . . Indispensable.
(Alice Kessler-Harris, author of Gendering Labor History)Klapper paints a compelling portrait. . . . An especially pertinent story in light of the current debates over immigration policy.
(Peter Bardaglio, author of Reconstructing the Household)Small Strangers fills a gap. . . . An excellent addition to any college level collection strong in immigrant studies.
)Small Strangers captures the essence of what it meant to be one of the many children whose families immigrated to America around the turn of the last century. . . . Small Strangers manages to do an excellent job of telling their stories and shedding light on their lives and their contributions to building America.
(Garrett Berger Virginia Quarterly Review
)Highlight[s] . . . experiences of individuals while still describing . . . structural similarities in the experiences of . . . a broad range of ethnicities.
(Ellen L. Berg H-Childhood
)Stimulating study . . . fine insights concerning the effects that immigration had on American and its varied citizenry.
(Robert Leiter Jewish Exponent
This slim, accessible volume presents a concise history of the immigrant generation that came of age in late nineteenth-and early twentieth century America. (H. Mark Wild Journal of American History
)A book that smoothly synthesizes several decades' worth of scholarship. . . . Klapper draws an interesting contrast between the 'public and collective' child-rearing practices of working-class families and the 'private and individual' ones of native-born white Americans. . . . Readers will appreciate Klapper's presentation of anecdotes from a refreshingly broad range of geographic locales and ethnic groups.
(William S. Bush, Texas A&M University-San Antonio Journal of American Ethnic History
About the Author
Melissa R. Klapper teaches history at Rowan University in New Jersey and has also written Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860–1920. She lives in the Philadelphia area.