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The following is a list of selected resources on immigration that can be found in the UCSB Library by the call number listed. Multiple copies of many titles can also be found in the Santa Barbara Public Library System. And check Santa Barbara City College's Luria Library for books on immigration, including many e-books.

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  • Awoshakin, Tokunbo. Lost and found in America: reflective story of new African immigrants in the United States. [S.l.] : Xlibris Corp, 2007.
    Black Studies PR9387.9.A96 L67 2007

  • Benitez, Cristina. Latinization: how Latino culture is transforming the U.S.. Ithaca, NY: Paramount Marketing Pub., 2007.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque E184.S75 B46 2007

  • Cannato, Vincent J., American passage: the history of Ellis Island. New York: Harper, 2009.
    Main Library JV6484 .C366 2009

  • Cowart, David, Trailing clouds: immigrant fiction in contemporary America. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006.
    Main Library PS374.I48 C69 2006

  • Daniels, Roger, Coming to America: a history of immigration and ethnicity in American life. New York, NY: Perennial, 2002.
    Main Library E184.A1 D26 2002

  • Dumas, Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi: a memoir of growing up Iranian in America. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004.
    Main Library E184.I5 D86 2004

  • Flewelling, Stan, Shirakawa: stories from a Pacific Northwest Japanese American community. Auburn, Wash.: White River Valley Museum ; Seattle, WA: Distributed by University of Washington Press, 2002.
    Asian American Studies F900.J35 F54 2002

  • Guo, Philip Jia. On the move: an immigrant child's global journey. Island Park, NY: Whittier Publications, 2007.
    Main Library F128.9.C5 G86 2007

  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Not quite American?: the shaping of Arab and Muslim identity in the United States. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2004.
    Main Library E184.A65 H34 2004

  • Hanson, Gordon H. Why does immigration divide America?: public finance and political opposition to open borders. Washington, DC: Institute for International Economics, 2005.
    Main Library JV6471 .H36 2005

  • Iceland, John, Where we live now: immigration and race in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque HD7288.72.U6 I34 2009

  • Israeli, Raphael, Muslim minorities in modern states:the challenge of assimilation. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2009.
    Main Library BP52.5 .I87 2009

  • Le, C. N. Asian American assimilation: ethnicity, immigration, and socioeconomic attainment. New York: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2007.
    Asian American Studies E184.A75 L4 2007

  • Major problems in American immigration and ethnic history: documents and essays. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
    Main Library JV6450 .M36 1998

  • Migrations and mobilities: citizenship, borders, and gender. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
    Main Library K3324 .M54 2009

    "UCSB Reads" selection:
  • Nazario, Sonia. Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother. New York: Random House, 2006.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque E184.H66 N397 2006
        Also available from the Santa Barbara Public Library System
        Also available at a discount at the UCSB Bookstore
        Original story from the Los Angeles Times (via Pulitzer.org)
        Enrique's Journey official website

  • Portes, Alejandro, Immigrant America: a portrait. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque JV6450 .P67 2006

  • Ravage, M. E., An American in the making: the life story of an immigrant. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
    Main Library E184.R8 R2 2009

  • Reynolds, Moira Davison. Immigrant American women role models: fifteen inspiring biographies, 1850-1950. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1997.
    Feminist Studies HQ1412 .D38 1997

  • Roll, Samuel, The invisible border: Latinos in America. Boston: Intercultural Press, 2008.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque E184.S75 R675 2008

  • Salgado, Sebastião, Migrations: humanity in transition. New York: Aperture, 2000.
    Sciences Engineering Library TR681.R48 S35 2000

  • San Juan, E. From exile to diaspora: versions of the Filipino experience in the United States. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1998.
    Asian American Studies E184.F4 S26 1998

  • Seller, Maxine Schwartz, Immigrant women. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
    Women's Studies HQ1410 .I43 1994

  • Sowell, Thomas, Migrations and cultures: a world view. New York: BasicBooks, 1996.
    Main Library JV6217 .S69 1996

  • Suárez-Orozco, Carola, Learning a new land: immigrant students in American society. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.
    Main Library LC3746 .S83 2008

  • Telles, Edward Eric, Generations of exclusion: Mexican Americans, assimilation, and race. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque E184.M5 T45 2008

  • Urrea, Luis Alberto, The devil's highway: a true story. New York: Little, Brown, 2004.
    Colección Tloque Nahuaque JV6475 .U77 2004


  • Border. [California]: Little Bonanza Productions: Max Ink Productions, 2005.
    Media Collection JV6483 .B67 2005
          "An investigative documentary on the state of our southern border with Mexico. Disatisfied with second-hand media coverage, Burgard and his camera team journeyed down to the U.S. Mexican border and, over a period of several months, interviewed Border Patrol agents, illegal immigrants, Minutemen, politicians, representatives of the ACLU and local ranchers to make a realistic assessment of just how porous our border had become."

  • Crosses Cruces. New York, NY: Distributed by Latin American Video Archives, 2002.
    Media Collection JV6483 .C76 2002
          ". . . documents the efforts of artists and activists to bring the disastrous effects of Operation Gatekeeper to the conscience of the people of both the U.S. and Mexico, and to pressure the governments of both countries to make efforts to find a more humane way to deal with the question of migration. In the last few years, these activists and artists have reclaimed the wall that divides the border as a backdrop for art dramatizing the plight of the migrants. In several of these projects, every death is represented by a cross bearing the name of the victim--in many cases, there is nothing to write except 'not identified.' These installations, mounted directly on the wall, serve simultaneously as objects of tremendous aesthetic power, as a cry of protest to the U.S. and Mexican governments, as a call to the public, as a warning to would-be migrants, and as a poignant memorial so that the striving dreams of the migrants' lives and the needless tragedy of their deaths not be forgotten."

  • Crossing Arizona. New York, NY: Cinema Guild, 2006
    Media Collection JV6912 .C76 2006
          "With heightened U.S. security along the California, Texas, and New Mexico borders, each day thousands of migrants attempting to enter the United States are being diverted into the treacherous terrain of Arizona's brutal desert. The perilous journey, which can take up to four days, has caused a dramatic rise in the number of migrant deaths. Those who make it through--the undocumented immigrants who live and work in the U.S.--invoke a wide range of impassioned responses over human rights, culture, race, class, and national security. Seen through the eyes of frustrated ranchers, border patrol agents, local politicians, farmers dependent on an illegal work force, seasoned humanitarian activists, desperate migrants preparing for their journey north, and the Minutemen who have become darlings of the national media, this documentary unveils the complicated dilemmas presented by the border crisis and the surprising political stances people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone, on all fronts"

  • El Norte / The North. [Los Angeles, Calif.]: Frontera Films, 2002
    Media Collection PN1997 .N54855 2002
          "A brother and sister, two young Indians from Guatemala, set out to find a better life when their father is killed by government soldiers and their mother is taken away. Their journey to the north, the 'promised land,' is frought with dangers and when they reach Los Angeles they are 'illegals' submerged in an alien culture."

  • On the fringes. [United States]: Hundred Feet of Film, 2003.
    Media Collection F127.W5 O5 2003
          "In this film Westchester's immigrant subculture is given faces and voices, and explained by the migrants themselves. Young men and women from Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, Guatamala. The nannies, day laborers, landscapers, housekeepers--legal and illegal--all servicing the wealth in New York suburbia. Why they are here, what they hope for in this country, how they live, and what their lives are like in Anglo society, are issues this film deals with."

  • Walking the line. New York: Filmakers Library, 2006.
    Media Collection HD8081.M6 W35 2006
          "Southern Arizona, a region celebrated for its history of lawlessness, has become the most highly trafficked area for immigrants in the world--and one of the most dangerous. A shift in the border policy forces migrants to cross the unforgiving desert where thousands die. Those who make it across face volatile, often armed, civilian militias. Standing in opposition to the vigilantes are humanitarians, organized to prevent migrant deaths. Confronting the growing crisis, they too find themselves on the wrong side of the law... the film explores the uncertain line between what is patriotic, what is moral, and what is just."

  • Wetback: the undocumented documentary. Los Angeles, CA: Ironweed Film Club, 2005.
    Reserve Book Service, Media Shelf JV6465 .W48 2006
          "Wetback tells the real story of immigration to the United States. Filmmaker Arturo Perez Torres follows in the footsteps of two friends traveling over land from Nicaragua, across multiple borders to the US. On their journeys, they encounter merciless gangs and vigilantes, as well as border patrol. But these immigrants navigate real-life nightmares with uncanny calm, grace, even humor."

Books for K-12 Teachers

California K-12 public school teachers are eligible for a free library card. Bring a memo from your principal and a photo ID.
  • Derman-Sparks, Louise, Patricia G. Ramsey, and Julie Olsen Edwards. What if all the kids are white?: Anti-bias multicultural education with young children and families. New York: Teachers College Press, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab LC 1099.3 D47 2006

  • Gates, Pamela S., and Dianne L. Hall Mark. Cultural journeys: Multicultural literature for children and young adults. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab PN 1009.5 M84 G38 2006

  • Glasgow, Neal A., Sarah J. McNary, and Cathy D. Hicks. What successful teachers do in diverse classrooms: 71 research-based classroom strategies for new and veteran teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab LB 1025.3 G517 2006

  • Hall, Nadia Saderman. Creative resources for the anti-bias classroom. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers, 1999.
    Curriculum Lab LB 1139.4 H35 1999

  • Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. Mexican immigration to the United States 1900-1999: A unit of study for grades 7-12. Los Angeles: National Center for History in the Schools, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab E 184 M5 H432 2002

  • Jorgensen, Karen L., and Cynthia Stokes Brown. New faces in our schools: Student-generated solutions to ethnic conflict. San Francisco: San Francisco Study Center, 1992.
    Curriculum Lab LC 1099.3 J670 1992

  • Jorgensen, Karen L. New faces of liberty: A curriculum for teaching about today's refugees and immigrants. Berkeley: New Faces of Liberty Project, Graduate School of Education, University of California, 1988.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6601 J67 1988

  • Rangaswamy, Padma. Asian immigration to the United States: A Unit of study for grades 8-12. Los Angeles: Organization of American Historians: National Center for History in the Schools, 2001.
    Curriculum Lab E 184 O6 R36 2001

  • Rochman, Hazel. Against borders: Promoting books for a multicultural world. Chicago: American Library Association, 1993.
    Curriculum Lab, Reference PN 1009A1 R64 1993

  • Schmidt, Patricia Ruggiano, and Ma, Wen. 50 literacy strategies for culturally responsive teaching, K-8. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab LB 1576 S3255 2006

  • Wong, Vivian Wu, and Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka. Early Chinese immigration and the process of exclusion: A unit of study for grades 8-12. Los Angeles: Organization of American Historians and the National Center for History in the Schools, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998.
    Curr Lab E 184C5 W65 1998

Children's Books and Videos


    - Fiction -

  • Aliki. Painted words; Spoken memories. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1998.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 A397 Mar 1998

  • Applegate, Katherine. Home of the brave. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2007.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 A6485 Hom 2007

  • Auch, Mary Jane. Ashes of roses. New York: H. Holt, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 A898 As 2002

  • Beatty, Patricia. Lupita Mañana. New York: Beech Tree Books, 1992.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 B380544 Lu 1992

  • Bunting, Eve. Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island story. Mahwah, NJ: Troll BridgeWater Books, 2000.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 B91527 Dr 2000

  • Frost, Helen. The braid. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 F9205 Bra 2006

  • Hesse, Karen. Letters from Rifka. New York: H. Holt, 1992.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 H4364 Le 1992

  • Lombard, Jenny. Drita, my homegirl. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 L83315 Dri 2006

  • Mak, Kam. My Chinatown: One year in poems. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 M2817 My 2002

  • Pellegrino, Marjorie White. Journey of dreams. London: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2009.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 P36368 Jou 2009

  • Pérez, Amada Irma. My diary from here to there = Mi diario de aquí hasta allá. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 73 P4654 2002

  • Tan, Shaun. The arrival. New York: A.A. Levine Books, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab PZ 7 T16123 Ar 2006

    - Nonfiction -

  • American immigration. Danbury, CT: Grolier Educational, 1999.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6450 A59 1999

  • Berger, Melvin, and Gilda Berger. Where did your family come from?: A book about immigrants. Nashville, TN: Ideals Children's Books, 1993.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6450 B47 1993

  • Bial, Raymond. Tenement: Immigrant life on the Lower East Side. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab HV 4046 N6 B53 2002

  • Bierman, Carol. Journey to Ellis Island: How my father came to America. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1998.
    Curriculum Lab E 184 J5 B549 1998

  • Bode, Janet. New kids on the block: Oral histories of immigrant teens. New York: F. Watts, 1989.
    Curriculum Lab HQ 796 B594 1989

  • Budhos, Marina Tamar. Remix: Conversations with immigrant teenagers. New York: Henry Holt, 1999.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6600 B83 1999

  • Cox, Brenda S. Who talks funny?: A book about languages for kids. North Haven, Conn.: Linnet Books, 1995.
    Curriculum Lab P 124 C69 1995

  • Doak, Robin S. Struggling to become American. New York: Chelsea House, 2007.
    Curriculum Lab E 184 S75 D63 2007

  • Gallegos, Yuliana. Mi sueño de América = My American dream. Houston: Piñata Books, 2007.
    Curriculum Lab E 184 M5 G335 2007

  • Houghton, Gillian. Ellis Island: A primary source history of an immigrant's arrival in America. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2004.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6484 H68 2004

  • Knight, Margy Burns. Who belongs here?: An American story. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 1993.
    Curriculum Lab E 184 K45 K55 1993

  • Lawlor, Veronica. I was dreaming to come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project. New York: Viking, 1995.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6450 I5 1995

  • Wood, Ethel. The immigrants. Evanston, IL: Nextext, 2001.
    Curriculum Lab JV 6450 W66 2001


  • Reeder, Mark, and Nicki Gonzales. A history of Hispanic achievement in America [videorecording]. New York: Ambrose Video, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab, Juvenile Media E 184 S75 H635 2006

  • Goldberg, Enid A., and Norman Itzkowitz. Ellis Island: The immigrants' experience [pictures]. Amawalk, NY: Jackdaw Photo Collections, 1998.
    Curriculum Lab, Juvenile Media JV 6484 G65 1998

  • Scriabine, Christine. Modern immigration [kit]. Amawalk, New York: Jackdaw Publications, 1998.
    Curriculum Lab, Juvenile Media JV 6455 S43 1998

Web Sites

  • Enrique's Journey official website

  • Migrations in History
    The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies hosts a site about migrations of people, objects, culture, and ideas. According to the site, it features "the stories and artifacts of migration--what happens when people move, what they take with them, what they leave behind, and how they make their new place home." The different people highlighted are from each continent, pioneers, explorers, and nomadic people. Some specific peoples include the Romani and Rastafarians.

  • Strangers in the Land of Strangers
    An online exhibit from the Pennsylvania Historical Society looks at the ways different groups of immigrants have tried to prove that they belong, often in the face of harassment from earlier arrivals. The exhibit covers the period from the revolutionary era to the present. African Americans and recently arrived Irish were promised citizenship if they fought in the Civil War, although that promise wasn't always kept. During the World Wars, German immigrants were compelled to renounce their cultures to prove their "Americanism". African Americans and women are noted as challenging their second-class citizenship in the latter half of the 20th century.

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