We sometimes hear the United States of America called a “nation of immigrants,” and while that is partially true, that is not the entire story. It is important to remember, prior to colonization, the indigenous tribes of North America were here first – the first Americans. And many African Americans were stolen from their homeland and enslaved, brought to America against their will. Their stories are American too.
This year, we are going to Read Across America with stories about immigrants and refugees. Through these stories we will uncover their journeys to America and witness both their joys and their struggles. What will unfold is a better understanding of what we mean when we say that the United States is a nation of immigrants. With each story – some true and some fiction – we will discover the rich cultures – languages, holidays, traditions, fashion, food, beliefs, and values – immigrants and refugees bring with them from their home countries adding value to the rich, diverse fabric of America.
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