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The Sweetness of Freedom
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The Sweetness of Freedom presents an eclectic grouping of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century immigrants' narratives and the personal artifacts, historical documents, and photographs these travelers brought on their journeys to Michigan. Most of the oral histories in this volume are based on interviews conducted with the immigrants themselves.

     Some of the immigrants presented here hoped to gain better education and jobs. Others — refugees — fled their homelands because of war, poverty, repression, religious persecution, or ethnic discrimination. All dreamt of freedom and opportunity. They tell why they left their homelands, why they chose to settle in Michigan, and what they brought or left behind. Some wanted to preserve their heritage, religious customs, traditions, and ethnic identity. Others wanted to forget past conflicts and lost family members. Their stories reveal how they established new lives far away from home, how they endured homesickness and separation, what they gave up and what they gained.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. I Have a Beautiful Country to Work From
  2. pp. 29-50
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  1. Where the Streets Were Paved with Gold
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. America Was the Best Country to Live In
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. We Wanted to Be American
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. Immigration Didn’t Solve All Our Problems
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. We Weren’t Always Welcome in America
  2. pp. 97-126
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  1. Anything That I’ve Set My Mind to, I Usually Accomplish
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. No Mexicans Allowed!
  2. pp. 149-174
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  1. The Trip Became a Great Adventure
  2. pp. 175-203
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  1. The Promiseof a Better Future
  2. pp. 204-217
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  1. We Didn’t Know How Our Future Would Be
  2. pp. 218-238
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  1. We Have to Make the Best of the Situation
  2. pp. 239-254
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  1. From Korea with Love
  2. pp. 255-270
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  1. Call Your Brother in Michigan
  2. pp. 271-296
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  1. We Belong to America Just as Much as America Belongs to Us
  2. pp. 297-342
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  1. I Never Believed I Would Stay in America
  2. pp. 323-342
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  1. I Can Almost Taste the Sweetness of Freedom
  2. pp. 343-370
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  1. Be Like the Bees—Make Plenty of Hives and Honey
  2. pp. 371-390
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 391-392
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