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First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great

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First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great

Our nation is a country of immigrants. It was, of course, founded by immigrants, and since then, it has been blessed with an abundance of talent and dedication brought by people from other countries who have made the trek to our shores, whether by choice or by necessity. In the process, they have brought their ideas, their ideals and their cultures with them and shared them with us all. This mixture of many nations is what makes our country diverse, and which in turn, makes our country strong.

"A good cross-section of [immigrants] who have made a substantial impact on our country in the past and ones who are making an impact now."

Co-authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, celebrate this diversity and strength by highlighting the journeys of 36 immigrants who have had a major impact on our country in FIRST GENERATION: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great. These immigrants came from a variety of countries --- Germany, Syria, China, Mexico, just to name a few. Their stories are unique as they are. Half of them are men; half are women. They come from all walks of life --- politics, education, sports, the arts, etc. Some well-known people made the list, like former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, scientist and physicist Albert Einstein, former tennis star Martina Navratilova, and musician Yo-Yo Ma. There were also many names on the list that I wasn’t familiar with, but each has made some type of notable contribution to our country. The biographies are in alphabetical order. Each one includes a full-page rendering by artist Agata Nowicka.

At the end of the book, you will find some interesting pages. The first one is titled “Be a Trailblazer.” It is a list of things you can do to learn about immigration and national heritage and how you can help people in your community. Next is a page titled “For More Information.” This is a list of books and websites you can go to for more information about the topics of immigration and refugees. Then there is an extended “Selected Bibliography.” The authors have listed the names of each person featured in the text. Under each name is a list of books, articles and websites the authors used to learn about their subject matter.

This is not an all-inclusive list of notable immigrants by any means. But it is a good cross-section of ones who have made a substantial impact on our country in the past and ones who are making an impact now. It is also interesting to note that both of the co-authors and the illustrator are all immigrants.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on September 27, 2018

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great
by Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace, and Agata Nowicka