San Diego Book Review

Trying to make the American Dream happen

Village of Immigrants: Latinos in an Emerging America

America is a society of immigrants, from the founding of this country to modern day. A time we are going to become a majority-minority society, one in which no ethnic group is the overwhelming majority. Village of Immigrants: Latinos in an Emerging America looks at a particular town on Long Island, New York to explore how it has changed over the centuries as a place for immigrants to settle, a place for Hispanics to work and live in the latter half of the 20th Century into the 21st Century and their struggles, dreams hopes for the future. This book continues to the rise of local micro-histories. These are narratives that look at a particular and try to innerweave that community into the larger narrative, and in this case weave it into the immigration narrative.

Diana Gordon does a good job bringing these immigrants to life, giving them a voice. By showing that they struggle to learn language, get by in school, and find meaningful employment; they are trying to make the American dream happen. But as stories of immigrants there are those that do not want them around, and Mrs. Gordon does a good job showing that they exist as well.