Written by Chuck Wills
August 2, 2007
The United States is a nation of nations. People from every corner and country of the planet have come to America to make their homes, to seek their fortunes, or to escape injustice and oppression. Destination America is their story.
A companion volume to the acclaimed PBS television series by David Grubin, Destination America is an absorbing narrative of how the United States came to be, and a compelling chronicle of how the nation has become what it is today—the world’s foremost multicultural society.
The desire for freedom in its many manifestations brought millions to America’s shores, and Destination America frames the story of immigration to America in terms of those freedoms: “Freedom to Worship”—from the Pilgrims, Puritans, Mennonites, and Huguenots of the Colonial Era to today’s religious refugees; “Freedom from Oppression”—from the radicals of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries to the Communist dissidents who chose to leave their homeland; “Freedom from Want” – how the desire for land, or a decent wage, and a better life in general inspired millions to forsake their native lands for the often difficult and dangerous journey to America; “Freedom from Fear”—from political refugees forced to flee their native country to victims of totalitarianism and extremism in the 20th and 21st centuries; and “Freedom to Create” – how countless immigrant artists, performers, athletes and scientists reached their full potential in America. Along the way, Destination America describes how the nation’s women, both immigrants and not, struggled for freedom and equality in their own right.
Brilliantly illustrated with more than 500 photos and artworks (including specially commissioned, digitally rendered maps) Destination America is the most entertaining, informative, and comprehensive “family portrait” of the United States ever published.
2005 DK Publishing, Inc.