Each double-page spread focuses on a particular city or town (Providence, Rhode Island; Cheyenne, Wyoming) and includes some information about life in that community. The facts are generally solid, and the personal-stories approach may draw in some readers, but due to the writers' tin ears for teen dialogue Kevin's all right. Such topics as the history of immigration, modern-day issues surrounding illegal immigrants, economic questions, and social concerns regarding identity and assimilation are addressed. A dry but informative text presents the history of immigration, the factors that fuel current arguments, reform initiatives, and divergent perspectives, allowing readers to make informed decisions of their own. In this Choose Your Own Adventure-style book, readers explore the challenging lives of fictional German American immigrants in the nineteenth century through World War I, from farming in Texas and homesteading in the Dakotas to being under scrutiny during the war.
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