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Long Way Home

An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War

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The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin
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From the author of The Children's Blizzard comes an epic story of the sacrifice and service of an immigrant generation. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, one-third of the nation's population had been born overseas or had a parent who was an immigrant. At the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, nearly one in five American soldiers was foreign-born. Many of these immigrant soldiers--most of whom had been drafted--knew little of America outside of tight-knit ghettos and backbreaking labor. Yet World War I would change their lives and ultimately reshape the nation itself. Italians, Jews, Poles, Norwegians, Slovaks, Russians, and Irishmen entered the army as aliens and returned as Americans, often as heroes.In The Long Way Home, award-winning writer David Laskin traces the lives of a dozen men, eleven of whom left their childhood homes in Europe, journeyed through Ellis Island, and started over in a strange land. After detailing the daily realities of immigrant life in the factories, farms, mines, and cities of a rapidly growing nation, Laskin tells the heartbreaking stories of how these men--both conscripts and volunteers--joined the army, were swept into the ordeal of boot camp, and endured the month of hell that ended the war at the Argonne, where they truly became Americans. Those who survived were profoundly altered--and their experiences would shape the lives of their families as well. Epic, inspiring, and masterfully written, The Long Way Home is the unforgettable true story of the Great War, the world it remade, and the men who fought for a country not of their birth, but which held the hope and opportunity of a better way of life.
Release date Australia
March 16th, 2010
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white plates
Imprint
HarperTorch
Pages
386
Dimensions
167x235x36
ISBN-13
9780061233333
Product ID
3807538

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