The 2 volume set Daily Life in Immigrant America 1820-1870 (by James M. Bergquist) and Daily Life in Immigrant America 1870-1920 (by June Granatir Alexander) is being released in soft cover. Readers will find the approach similar to David Kyvig's Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940.
Bergquist recreates "the world of the immigrants in order to understand their daily lives as they lived them." Alexander writes in the introduction: "This close examination of the multifaceted aspects of daily life reveals the strategies immigrants developed in order to survive and achieve the goals that brought them to America." Through compelling personal accounts, we learn how the first and second great wave of immigrants made their way in American life.