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This Isn't the America I Thought I'd Find: African Students in the Urban U.S. High School


reviewed by Sarah Dryden-Peterson July 31, 2007

coverTitle: This Isn't the America I Thought I'd Find: African Students in the Urban U.S. High School
Author(s): Rosemary Traore and Robert J. Lukens
Publisher: University Press of America,
ISBN: 0761834559 , Pages: 258, Year: 2006
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Streets paved with gold? Most immigrants do not arrive in the United States expecting this mythologized boon. Given media images of the U.S. broadcast around the world, however, many do arrive expecting wealth and satisfaction. The impetus to leave one’s home is certainly inspired by hopes of a ‘better life’ and yet, globally, life for immigrants in a new country frequently fails to live up to expectations.  Immigrants are often forced to work in jobs not commensurate with their education and skill levels; they face discrimination and prejudice in the labor market and in their social interactions; they are disappointed with the quality of their housing and the public services accessible to them. In “This Isn’t the America I Thought I’d Find”: African Students in the Urban U.S. High School, Rosemary Traoré and Robert J. Lukens describe how African immigrants to the United States face a particularly challenging affront to their... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 31, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14569, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 3:25:07 PM

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  • Sarah Dryden-Peterson
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
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    SARAH DRYDEN-PETERSON is an advanced doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She conducts research on migration in Uganda, Canada, and the United States with particular interests in local integration of refugees in countries of first asylum and the role of schools in the reception of refugees and immigrants. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Refugee Studies, Refugee Survey Quarterly, and the International Journal of Education Development. Dryden-Peterson has taught middle school in Boston and founded a non-profit in South Africa.
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