Monday, March 23, 2009

Immigrants, Pioneers, and Revolutionaries

Museum Shop Manager Katherine Broadway guest-blogs about some of her favorite Shop books.

America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines reads like a primer on women’s history, from the first woman born on American soil (the mysterious Virginia Dare) through the outspoken women at the forefront of the feminist movement. Along the way, author Gail Collins introduces us to immigrant women, pioneer women, and revolutionary women. In pithy, straightforward prose, Collins presents a familiar history through a different lens.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s global history of feminism, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, is another fast-paced overview of the role women have played through history. Ulrich illuminates the rich and complex lives of women from biblical times through the present, offering a different spin on traditional stories.


  1. I am so excited to a guest blogger focused on the lit! I'm teaching a course on NYC lit. I am currently looking for short stories/ writings available online by and/or focused on immigrants. Do you have any suggestions?
    -We will be visiting the city in May and plan to visit the musuem

  2. Thanks for your question. Below are some resources for finding immigration stories. They are not exclusive to NYC, but most of them have a New York focus. I'm not sure how many you will be able to find online exclusively, but you can try Google Books, as they have full text of thousands of books online. Best of luck with your class, and I hope the books below help!

    Some great recommendations of short stories on contemporary immigration, which we carry in the Museum Shop:

    Crossing the BLVD by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan(Stories of real people from the most ethnically diverse community in the United States, Queens, NY)

    Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers, edited by Samantha Schnee, et al.(Short stories by authors previously unpublished in the U.S.)

    Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology, edited by Mary Frosch
    (Short stories and fiction exerpts about the myriad of coming of age stories among Americans and immigrants.)

    Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally, by Angela Jane Fountas
    (short memoirs by first -generation American women.)

    First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants, edited by Donald R. Gallo
    (Short Stories written by teen immigrants to the U.S.)

    Here are some other online resources which may be helpful to you:

    A great list of immigrant fiction from the New York Public Library, ranging from young adult to adult books:

    A fiction and non-fiction list of books for adults on the immigration experience from the American Library Association:


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