Personal Narratives



  • Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the U.S.-Mexico Border (By Miriam Davidson):

    A compelling book filled with striking personal stories about those who live in the border towns of Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

  • Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (By David Bacon):

    A fascinating and timely look at the connections between labor, migration, and globalization.


  • Communities without Borders: Images and voices from the World of Migration (By David Bacon):

    A collection of powerful photographs accompanied by the stories of immigrants in Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S.


  • Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an age of Global Apartheid (By Joseph Nevins):

    The tragic journey of Julio César Gallegos who left his home in Mexico to reunite with his wife and son in Los Angeles.

  • Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (By Sonia Nazario):

    The story of a Honduran boy and his journey to reunite with his mother in the U.S.

  • Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Edited by: Peter Orner):

    A collection of remarkable oral histories of people living in the U.S. without legal status.

  • The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization (By Rinku Sen):

    The story of an immigrant from Morocco woven into an impassioned argument for a complete change in immigration policy.


  • No one is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.- Mexico Border (By Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis):

    The immigration controversy from the perspective of those immigrants who risk their lives to cross the U.S. border in order to work.


Non-Fiction/Fact based


  • They take our Jobs!” And 20 Other Myths about Immigration (By Aviva Chomsky):

    21 common myths about immigration and immigrants are dispelled

  • Unwelcome Strangers: American Identity and the Turn Against Immigration (By David M. Reimers):

    Addresses many of the controversies surrounding the current immigration policies and possible reforms

  • This Land is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami (By Alex Stepick, Guillermo Grenier, Max Castro, and Marvin Dunn):

    The struggles for immigrants of different nationalities to become a part of their new communities



Historical Information



  • Coming to America (By Roger Daniels):

    A comprehensive study of immigration to the U.S. from the colonial era to the present.


  • Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925 (By John Higham):

    An analysis of how anti-foreign spirit in the U.S. has evolved over the years due to the influence of history, politics, economics, and social organization.


  • White on Arrival: Indians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945 (By Thomas A. Guglielmo):

    An unconventional and nuanced analysis of the flow of migrants during the first half of the 20

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    century in the U.S.
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