Still, at the very least, as Lovoll concludes, “newspapers from the past are absorbing reading material; contemporary reporting about a time that was and now long gone provides modern-day readers insights on life in unknown forebears.” Through his own study, Lovoll shows what it was like for a community to be adjust to America, and adds a colorful yarn to the tapestry of the American immigrant experience.

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Kathy Gilsinan is the associate editor at World Politics Review