• David A. Gerber
  • Alan M. Kraut


In a now famous 1937 talk at Augustana College, “The Problem of the Third Generation,” pioneering immigration historian Marcus Lee Hansen described the perspective of different generations both on the experience of migrating to the United States and on each other. He observed, “What the son wishes to forget, the grandson wishes to remember.” This oft-quoted line refers to the very different feelings that members of the same family may have about immigration because of the distance each generation has from the wrenching experience of leaving a homeland, traveling to the United States, and adjusting to a new place and new neighbors.


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Suggestions for Further Reading

  1. Alejandro Portes, ed. The New Second Generation (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1996).Google Scholar
  2. Alejandro Portes and Ruben G. Rumbaut, Legacies, The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (Berkeley: University of California Press and New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001).Google Scholar
  3. Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (New York: Persea Books, 1975; orig. 1925).Google Scholar
  4. David K. Yoo, Growing Up Nisei: Race Generation, and Culture Among Japanese Americans of California, 1924–1942 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000).Google Scholar
  5. Deborah Dash Moore, At Home in America, Second Generation New York Jews (New York Columbia University Press, 1981).Google Scholar
  6. Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Chapel Hill:Algonquin Books, 1991).Google Scholar
  7. Mary C. Waters, Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990).Google Scholar
  8. Mary C. Waters, Black Identities, West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.Google Scholar
  9. Min Zhou and Carl L. Bankston III, Growing Up American:The Adaptation of Vietnamese Adolescents in the United States (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1998).Google Scholar
  10. Selma Cantor Berrol, Growing Up American, Immigrant Children in America Then and Now (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995).Google Scholar

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  • Alan M. Kraut

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