Bean Pickers: American Immigrant Portraits
By Karen Foresti Hempson
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Publishing Information: 2019, Jacobs Press Inc.
In Bean Pickers, American Immigrant Portraits, eight true-life portrayals focus on the struggles of Italian immigrants or children of immigrants, all beginning their American lives as summer bean pickers, each finding his/her way out of poverty through such avenues as baseball, bootlegging, or the military.
Compelling personal stories of the early twentieth-century immigration wave, the Great Depression, and World War II are creatively brought to life as each character demonstrates his/her desperation, yet determination to seek a better life. Their experiences may serve as important reminders of the critical roles that immigrants played in building a strong and welcoming nation. Over one hundred authentic photos and documents are interspersed throughout this creative non-fiction book.