Print Resources 

Resources are organized in five categories that relate to the themes explored in the Remple DVD:

Hope and Resiliency
Children of Immigrants
Ellis Island
Russia and Ukraine
Mennonite

Hope and Resiliency    back to top

This section focuses on Hope Theory, a construct originated by the late Rick Snyder, a distinguished professor of psychology at Kansas University from 1972 untill his death in 2006. His research focused on hope and how to nurture resiliency.

These references provide guidance for parents, teachers, and others providing care or services for children and young people.

Brooks, Robert and Sam Goldstein. Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope and Optimism in Your Child. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001. How parents can help their children become thoughtful, confident adults, 10 essential parenting behaviors ("guideposts”) for nurturing resilience in kids.

Dishion, Thomas J. and E. A. Stormshak. Intervening in Children's Lives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Assoc., 2007.

Goldstein, Sam, and Robert Brooks, eds. Handbook of Resilience in Children: Springer, 2005. Current scientific theory, clinical guidelines, and interventions to address such as issues as the role of resilience in overcoming trauma, adversity, and abuse. It provides clinicians, academics, and mental health professionals with the information needed to affect positive youth development.

Groopman, Jerome. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness. New York: Random House, 2003.

Hatkoff, Isabella, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship. New York: Scholastic Press, 2006.

Lopez, Shane J., E.C. Prosser, L. M. Edwards, J.L Magyar-Moe., J. E. Neufeld, & H. H.N Rasmussen. "Putting Positive Psychology in a Multicultural Context." in C. R. Snyder and Shane. J. Lopez, eds., Handbook of Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

PART VIII. Specific Coping Approaches. Seven chapters on topics including Sharing One’s Story, Benefit-finding and Benefit-reminding, Humor, and others, various authors, in C. R. Snyder and Shane. J. Lopez, eds., Handbook of Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Seligman, Martin E. P. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, 2002.

Seligman, Martin E. P. , K. Reivich, L. Jaycox, L., & J. Gillham, The Optimistic Child. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Seligman, Martin E. P. "Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy." in C. R. Snyder and Shane. J. Lopez, eds., Handbook of Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Snyder, C. R. and Shane J. Lopez, eds. Handbook of Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Snyder, C. R. and Shane J. Lopez. Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.

Snyder, C. R., K.L. Rand,  & R. Sigmon. "Hope Theory: A Member of the Positive Psychology Family." In C. R. Snyder and Shane. J. Lopez, eds., Handbook of Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Snyder, C. R. The Psychology of Hope: You Can Get There From Here. New York: Free Press, 1994.

Snyder, C. R., T. Tran, L.L. Schroeder, K.M. Pulvers, V. Adams, & L. Laub. "Teaching the Hope Recipe: Setting Goals, Finding Pathways to Those Goals, and Getting Motivated." Reaching Today’s Youth, 4(4), 46-50.

Immigrants and Children of Immigrants    back to top

These references are of particular value to those working with new immigrants or their children.

Caroll, Betty Boyd. Immigrants Who Returned Home. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 1990.
Stories about a little-known subject—those who went back to their own country, from the earliest colonists to today. Drawings, photos, and cartoons about attitudes enliven the text. Ages 9-12.

Garland, Sherry. The Lotus Seed. San Diego. Voyageur Books, 1997.
The Asian immigration experience. Ages 6-10.

Hernandez, Donald J., Ed. Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children and Families, National Research Council. Children of Immigrants. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1999. Immigrant children and youth are the fastest growing segment of the US population; their prospects bear heavily on the well-being of the country. Extensive research reports.

Kosof, Anna. Living in Two Worlds: The Immigrant Children’s Experience, New York:  Holt, 1996. Suitable for youngsters, deals with being an immigrant, escape to America, “differences” and adjusting. Ages 9-12.

Kroeger, Arthur. Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family’s Long Journey from America to Canada. Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, 2007.
Recent scholarly work on a Russian Mennonite family story, with emphasis on the adjustment to life in Canada.

LeMay, Michael and Elliott Robert Barkan, eds. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Laws and Issues: A Documentary History. Westport,,CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. Primary documents and contemporary issues.

Loewen, Royden. Hidden Worlds: Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s. North Newton, Ks: Bethel College, Wedel Series 12, 2001. A fascinating account of the effect of the migration of approximately 18,000 highly resourceful and well-educated Mennonites from the southern steppes of Imperial Russia to North America, bringing along a positive array of cultural and institutional contributions new to the United States and Canada.

Sowell, Thomas. Migrations and Cultures: A World View. New York: Basic Books, 1996. Describes the persistence of cultural traits among racial and ethnic groups and the role these groups play in redistributing skills, knowledge and “other forms of human capital.” Discusses typical resentments raised by new achievements even when they advanced the human race.

“A Different Mirror: A Conversation with Ronald Takaki.” Educational Leadership, April 1999 Vol. 56 No. 7. Discusses the power of a curriculum that mirrors many ethnic perspectives; understanding race, class and culture.

Ellis Island    back to top

These references are of universal interest, as well as of particular note to those who have themselves passed through this center.  Those listed for young readers are used by 3rd grade teacher Kathy Farwell, Hillcrest Elementary School in Lawrence, Kansas (see Interviews).

Bierman, Carol. Journey to Ellis Island. New York: Hyperion Books, 1998.
A Russian Jewish family’s courageous journey to a new land, illustrated with painted illustrations and family photos. Ages 8-12.

Foner, Nancy. From Ellis Island to JFK. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006. A comparison of social changes related to the two major US immigration waves, at the turn of the twentieth century and now. One in three New York City residents is an immigrant.  An assessment of how Jewish and Italian immigrants influenced New York City and affects today’s newcomers from Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Lawlor, Veronica. I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project. Tandem Library, 1997. Includes brief bios and facts as well as immigrants recalling their arrival in the USA. Ages 6-9.

Levine, Ellen, If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island. Tandem Library, 1994.
Illustrated, encourages young readers to step into the past with a question/answer format. Quotes from children and adults who passed through Ellis Island. Ages 9-12.

Maestro, Betsy. Coming to America: The Story of Immigration. Scholastic Press, 1996. History of immigrants and Ellis Island. Ages 5-9.

Reeves, Pamela. Ellis Island: Gateway to the American Dream. New York: Crescent Books,1991. Includes facts, reminiscences, many color photographs highlighting the newer development of the island, as well as historic photos and illustrations, and how to trace your ancestry through the island. Ages 9-12.

Sandler, Martin. Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island and the Journey to America. Scholastic, 2004. ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Relates the story of immigrating to America through voices of those who passed through Ellis Island from its opening in 1892 to the release of the last detainee in 1954.

Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey. Boston: Walter Lorraine Books. 1993.
The 1994 Caldecott Medal winner, the immigrant experience and bridging two cultures: his grandfather’s life in America and Japan. Ages 9-12.

Tifft, Wilton S. Ellis Island. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1990
Includes 175 archival photos and 100 contemporary photos, oral histories, letters from immigrants, official archives in telling the story of the rise, fall and grand restoration of the first national monument dedicated to America’s multifaceted ethnic heritage.

Russia and Ukraine    back to top

These references provide the historic background to Henry D. Remple’s story and the personal stories of many others of many ethnic backgrounds.

Dyck, Harvey L., John R. Staples & John B. Toews, editors. Nestor Makhno and the Eichenfeld Massacre: A Civil War Tragedy in a Ukrainian Mennonite Village. Telford, PA: Pandora Press, 2004. An example of how the Makhno anarchists terrorized and ravaged villagers in Southern Russia.

Figes, Orlando. A People’s Tragedy: A History of the Russia Revolution. New York: Penguin Books, 1996. An account of the period from end of the nineteenth century to the death of Lenin and how the failure of democracy in 1917 and what began as a people’s revolution led to degeneration into violence and dictatorship.

Paxson, Margaret. Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. A compelling ethnological examination of a village in the Russian North that experienced the brutality of the Soviet century, based on extensive anthropological fieldwork. Includes discussion of the melding of Orthodox and communist traditions and their post-Soviet evolution, beliefs, memories of folklore, culture and literature, and practices related to health and illness, social life, and agriculture.

Pipes, Richard. The Russian Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
An important classic history of the political and military struggle for power in Russia and its unprecedented attempt to (in Tolstoy’s words) “overthrow the world.”

Pipes, Richard. Russia under the Bolshevik Regime. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. An account of how the brutal failures of Stalinism arose from the social and political ideology of Bolshevism’s founders.

Subtelny, Orest. Ukraine: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press in association with the Canadian Institute of Canadian Studies, 2nd. ed, 1994.
This comprehensive history of Ukraine includes events up to the spring of 1993 and explores forces that brought about momentous changes in 1991 after the dismantling of the Soviet bloc and the restoration of Ukraine’s independence.

Mennonite    back to top

These references help explain the worldview of many contemporary Mennonites who have grown up with generations of family stories of persecution for idealistic viewpoints and exemplify living with hope for a better future for their families.

Dyck, Peter and Elfrieda Dyck. Up from the Rubble: The Epic Rescue of Thousands of War-Ravaged Mennonite Regugees. Scottdale, PA.: Herald Press, 1991. A classic Mennonite history of a couple who came out of Russia in the 1920s as children and then assisted many Russian Mennonites through the Mennonite Central Committee organization two decades later during the World War II period and beyond.

Enns, Mary M. Mia: The Story of a Remarkable Woman (Maria Reimer DeFehr). Winnipeg: Christian Press, 1982. Biography of a woman (1908-1977) who escaped persecution in the Russian Revolution, crossed the Amur River, China, and eventually settled in the USA.

Epp, Marlene. Women without Men: Mennonite Refugees of the Second World War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. A well-documented history by a Canadian Mennonite historian who interviewed many refugees who came to Canada in the 1940s.

Friesen, Edith Elisabeth. Journey into Freedom. Winnipeg: Raduga Publications, 2003. Friesen is the daughter of a Mennonite refugee who settled in Canada in the 1940s.

Goerz, Heinrich. The Molotschna Settlement. Winnipeg: Published jointly by CMBC Publications and the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1993. Trans. Al Reimer and John B. Toews. This pioneering work was written from the perspective of informed participants who saw and heard about the founding of the colony. It includes maps, illustrations and photos.

Harder, John A., ed. and trans. From Kleefeld with Love. Kitchener, Ont: Pandora Press, 2003. Letters written from 1925-1933 during the onset of Soviet Russia, most by Mariechen Harder from a tiny village in the Molotschna Colony to relatives who left for Canada in 1924, describing the violent disruption of daily life where people have been displaced.

Juhnke, James C., Vision, Doctrine, War: Mennonite Identity and Organization in America, 1890-1930. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1989. This third volume in the series The Mennonite Experience in America treats the story of Mennonites and Amish in America from 1890 to 1930 and tells how they responded to the challenge of war and doctrinal and cultural change.

Klippenstein, Lawrence and Jacob Dick. Mennonite Alternative Service in Russia: The Story of Abraham Dück and His Colleagues, 1911-1917. Kitchener, Ont: Pandora Press, 2002. Discusses how Mennonite immigrants had been promised military exemptions when they were invited to settle in Russia in the eighteenth century, and how they negotiated alternatives to combatant military service in forestry camps and medical corps in the nineteenth century. Includes diary entries and many photographs.

Kreider. Robert S., My Early Years: An Autobiography. Kitchener, Ont: Pandora Press, Copublished by Herald Press, 2002. An insider’s story, beginning with a 1920s Midwest upbringing with a Swiss-Mennonite American family, to eventual leadership in Mennonite Central Committee’s relief work in postwar Europe.

Mennonite Historical Atlas. Winnipeg: Springfield Publishers, 1990.
An informative history of the movement of Mennonites and the first map collection of the geographic setting in which Mennonite history unfolded. Asserts the need for additional good reliable maps of Mennonite settlement in Central Asia.

Mennonite Life. Quarterly journal exploring the Mennonite experience. Contains excerpts from past issues, Mennonite bibliographies, and an index for the publication.

Neufeld, Justina. A Family Torn Apart. Telford, PA: Pandora Press, 2003. The flight of a family and unexpected separations from each other in the escape from the suffering and turmoil of the Stalinist purges and early World War II in Soviet Ukraine. A microcosm of the dislocation and separation of millions and the work of Mennonite Central Committee in the resettlement of postwar refugees.

Reimer, Al. My Harp Is Turned to Mourning. Winnipeg: Windfower Communications, 1990. A classic novel of the Russian Mennonite experience and the Makhno anarchist terrorists in southern Russia up through 1924.

Remple. Henry D. From Bolshevik Russia to America: A Mennonite Family Story. Sioux Falls, S.D.: Pine Hill Press, Inc., 2001. Little-known story of a small Mennonite emigrant movement from Ukraine south towards the Black Sea and the international seaport in Batum, Georgia, by 1922 teeming with thousands of starving and dying refugees. How three teenagers managed to survive and make new homes in the USA, living resiliently with goals and hope.

Toews, John B., ed and trans. Letters from Susan: A Woman’s View of the Russian Mennonite Experience (1928-1941). Letters of Susan Toews of Ohloff, Molotschna Colony, Ukraine, written to her brother Gerhard Toews in Canada, 1927-1941. Translated into English, with some editorial notes.

Toews, Paul. Mennonites in American Society, 1930-1970: Modernity and the Persistence of Religious Community. The Mennonite Experience in America, vol. 4. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1996.
Assesses how Mennonites have preserved their identity through the twentieth century, contributed to American culture, and developed a service and missional activism.

Visser, Piet and Mary Sprunger. Menno Simons: Places, Portraits and Progeny. Manitoba: Altona, Friesens, 1996. Examines the legacy of Menno Simons, born in 1496 in the Netherlands, who shaped the Anabaptist-Mennonite religious movement that suffered persecution and many emigrations in search of peace and prosperity. Includes historical documentation, reproductions of art, and photographs.

Wedel, David C. The Story of Alexanderwohl. Hillsboro, KS: Good Shepherd Publications, 2nd edition, 1999, includes celebrating 125 years.
New scholarship with the opening of records in Russia provides updated information about the 1874 migration of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Congregation in Molotschna, Ukraine, to settle near Newton, Kansas. Henry Remple’s parents purchased land and a still-existing home in Alexanderwohl in 1898.& As an adult, Henry has attended church events at the Alexanderwohl Church in Kansas.

Hope Resources

The Business Case for Instilling Hope

Interactive Small- and Large-group Activities
by Lucy Remple, PhD

A Hope Strategies Primer
by Shane J. Lopez

NYTimes.com: This Is Your Life (and HowYou Tell It)

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