American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U. S. Immigration History

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Representing a selection of the finest new research on immigration, American Dreaming, Global Realities explores the ways in which immigrant lives and those of their children are shaped by transnational bonds, globalization, family ties, and personal choice, and the ways in which they engender a sense of belonging and a sense of themselves as "Americans."

American Dreaming, Global Realities considers a plurality of very specific historical, economic, regional, familial, and cultural contexts. This history reveals resistance and accommodation, both persistent older traditions and Americanization, plus the creation of new cultural forms blending old and new. The twenty-two interdisciplinary essays included in this collection explore the intricate overlapping of race, class, and gender on ethnic identity and on American citizenship.
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"This fine collection draws together diverse works that illuminate major themes in recent immigration scholarship. . . . As this nation debates immigration policy, this collection can help us see how past policies developed and how they affected those peoples whose dreams included America."—Annals of Iowa
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Meet the Author

Donna R. Gabaccia is Mellon Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of We Are What We Eat:  Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans and other books. Vicki L. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California at Irvine, and the author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth Century America and other books.

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Table of Contents

1 The burden of their song : immigrant encounters with the republic 9
2 The mercurial nature and abiding power of race : a transnational family story 35
3 Arriving, settling in, and surviving : German women in the Midwest 68
4 Gender ideology and black women as community-builders in Ontario, Canada, 1850-70 125
5 "A distinct and antagonistic race" : constructions of Chinese manhood in the exclusionist debates, 1869-78 141
6 Enforcing the borders : Chinese exclusion along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico, 1882-1924 158
7 When the migrants are men : Italy's women and transnationalism as a working-class way of life 190
8 Boomers, Sooners, and settlers : Americans in Mexico 207
9 Back to the mountain : emigration, gender, and the middle class in Lebanon 227
10 Reinventing free labor : immigrant Padrones and contract laborers in North America, 1885-1925 263
11 Race, labor, and citizenship in Hawaii 284
12 Turning the tables on assimilation : Oglala Lakotas and the Pine Ridge Day Schools, 1889-1920s 321
13 Confronting "America" : Mexican women and the Rose Gregory Houchen Settlement 343
14 Partly colored or other white : Mexican Americans and their problem with the color line 361
15 Was Mom Chung a "sister lesbian"? : Asian American gender experimentation and interracial homoeroticism 379
16 Intraethnic conflict and the Bracero program during World War II 399
17 Across generations : Polish Americans and Polish immigrants 411
18 "Ser De Aqui" : beyond the Cuban exile model 441
19 Between culture and politics : the Emma Lazarus Federation of Jewish Women's Clubs, 1944-89 457
20 "We don't sleep around like white girls do" : family, culture, and gender in Filipina American lives 484
21 Born again in East L.A. : the congregation as border space 504
22 From Ellis Island to JFK : transnational ties 530
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