American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader

Overview

This innovative reader is the first in American immigration history to combine and compare the experiences of European immigrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and those of Asian, Hispanic, Caribbean, and African immigrants in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Many instructors feel that they do not possess the breadth of knowledge to bridge the chronological and cultural gaps between varying waves of immigration. Through its carefully selected readings from scholarly essays and ...

See more details below
Paperback
$35.91
BN.com price
(Save 16%)$43.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $6.45   
  • New (6) from $7.67   
  • Used (8) from $6.45   
Sending request ...

Overview

This innovative reader is the first in American immigration history to combine and compare the experiences of European immigrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and those of Asian, Hispanic, Caribbean, and African immigrants in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Many instructors feel that they do not possess the breadth of knowledge to bridge the chronological and cultural gaps between varying waves of immigration. Through its carefully selected readings from scholarly essays and primary source documents, this collection creates a framework for instructors to engage in comparative analysis of immigration waves across time. The editors have chosen readings with accessibilty for the undergraduate student in mind, and also provide substantial introductory material to better contextualize the selections. An invaluable tool for teaching immigration history, the volume also can be used in courses in sociology, ethnic studies, and American pluralism.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"David Gerber and Alan Kraut have produced a very useful and informative study using primary and secondary sources that draws numerous connections between contemporary immigration and that of the last two centuries. It is unique in presenting the — then and now — of American immigration and ethnicity through selected readings of European voices from the past and Asian American, Hispanic, and Caribbean voices from the present in addition to previous and current analyses of these migrating groups. Readers are encouraged to think about the similarities and differences between immigrants who became Americans in the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries and those becoming Americans today."—Ronald H. Bayor, Founding Editor, Jourbanal of American Ethnic History

"David Gerber and Alan Kraut have performed a great service. American Imimgration and Ethnicity is a terrific survey of the state of the art in immigration studies, but more than this, it promises to inject healthy doses of historical sensitivity and realism into today's immigration debates. From a civic standpoint, one can only hope that it finds the wide audience it deserves."—Matthew Frye Jacobson, author of Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America

"As Americans we desperately need to know more about our own migration stories and the historical and policy contexts that framed them. Now brought together in one volume, we've got a great place to begin. An excellent collection!"—John Kuo Wei Tchen, historian and co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas

"American Immigration and Ethnicity is a welcome resource for the study of immigration and ethnic history. Gerber and Kraut identify a range of significant issues in immigration and ethnic history and skillfully juxtapose an array of materials that invite students to compare past and modern-day immigrations. By adopting a thematic instead of a chronological approach, these two accomplished historians encourage students to explore history in ways that will advance an understanding of contemporary immigration. Gerber and Kraut have done a superb job of selecting materials and arranging them in a format bound to challenge students to think critically and comparatively about American immigration history."—June Granatir Alexander, University of Cincinnati, author of Ethnic Pride, American Patriotism: Slovaks and Other New Immigrants in the Interwar Era

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312293505
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/12/2005
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Gerber is Professor of History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Alan M. Kraut is Professor of History at American University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Comparative Perspectives: Similarities and Differences in American Immigration History
• Resettlement: Making a New Life
• Homeland Ties and Transnational Activities
• Nativism: Fear of the Foreigner
• Work
• Family, Domestic Economy, and the Lives of Women
• Race: Becoming White
• Race: Becoming Black
• Identities and Ethnicities: The Formation of Groups
• Traditions and Invented Traditions
• Language Conflicts
• Melting Pots and Popular Culture

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)