• Steven G. Koven
  • Frank Götzke
Part of the Public Administration, Governance and Globalization book series (PAGG, volume 1)


America has aptly been called a nation of immigrants, and generations of immigrants have profoundly influenced the development of the nation. Evolving from a relatively small number of English settlers, Spanish Conquistadors, and Native Americans, the United States was able to eventually achieve both economic and military world dominance. The saga of the “immigrant nation” has been inculcated into American thinking, and countless children were educated about the trials and tribulations of their ancestors. “Rags to riches” stories play a large part in the saga. Lesser known stories of individuals living lives of personal satisfaction, however, also abound. Most immigrants did not become enormously wealthy, renowned intellectuals, or great political leaders; however, immigrants, in general, made enough advances in their lives to lure others through their personal stories.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Studies Institute, University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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