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American Mosaic helps students expand their historical awareness and critical-thinking skills while they study the development of literary, political, and cultural voices within the United States. A chronological framework allows students to examine key events in the history of ethnic groups in the U.S., with each chapter centering on a significant historical period for the group. An introductory chapter provides a foundation for multi-ethnic studies and the multicultural debate. Chapter introductions set the historical context and provide starting points for discussion.
Note: Each chapter contains Setting the Historical and Cultural Context, Beginning: Pre-reading-Writing, Connecting: Critical Thinking and Writing, References and Additional Sources. 1. Points of Entry, Points of Departure Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus Joseph Bruchac, Ellis Island James Truslow Adams, from The Epic of America Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "What's in a Name?" Some Meanings of Blackness Greg Sarris, Battling Illegitimacy: Some Words Against the Darkness Eva Hoffman, from Lost in Translation Francis Fukuyama, Immigrants and Family Values Arnold Krupat, from Conclusion: For Multiculturalism 2. American Indians: Reclaiming Cultural Heritage From The Indian Removal Act Chief Joseph, from An Indian's View of Indian Affairs D'arcy McNickle, Train Time Leslie Marmon Silko, Lullaby James Welch, Plea to Those Who Matter Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine Paula Gunn Allen, Pocahontas to Her English Husband, John Rolfe Simon J. Ortiz, The Language We Know Vine Deloria, Jr., and Clifford M. Lytle, A Status Higher Than States Linda Hogan, Crossings Nicole Brodeur, The Meaning of the Hunt Jerry Large, Concerning a Whale 3. Early Immigrants: In Search of the Land of Milk and Honey The Bill of Rights Constantine Panunzio, In the American Storm Ole Edvart Rölvaag, Facing the Great Desolation Anzia Yezierska, The Fat of the Land Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, from I Speak My Own Piece Maxine S. Seller, Beyond the Stereotype: A New Look at the Immigrant Woman, 1880-1924 Jacob Riis, Genesis of the Tenement James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle, Images from the Other Half Robert Pinsky, Shirt 4. Early Chinese Americans: The Lure of the Gold Mountain From The Chinese Exclusion Act From The Gold Mountain Poems Sui Sin Far, In the Land of the Free Shawn Wong, from Homebase Maxine Hong Kingston, The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains Connie Young Yu, The World of Our Grandmothers Amy Tan, Lindo Jong: Double Face Amy Ling, Creating One's Self: The Eaton Sisters 5. African Americans: The Migration North and the Journey Toward Civil Rights From The Constitution of South Carolina From Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka Langston Hughes, Theme for English B Wallace Thurman, from The Blacker the Berry Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man Ernest J. Gaines, from A Lesson Before Dying Gwendolyn Brooks, The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock James Farmer, "Tomorrow Is for Our Martyrs" Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail Malcolm X, from The Autobiography of Malcolm X Mary Helen Washington, The Darkened Eye Restored 6. Puerto Ricans: The View from the Mainland From The Foraker Act Jesus Colon, Kipling and I Piri Thomas, Puerto Rican Paradise Nicholasa Mohr, The English Lesson Judith Ortiz Cofer, from The Line of the Sun Martin Espada, Mrs. Baez Serves Coffee on the Third Floor Linda Chavez, No to Puerto Rican Statehood Rosario Ferre, Puerto Rico, USA 7. Japanese Americans: In Camp, in Community Japanese Relocation Order Monica Sone, Pearl Harbor Echoes in Seattle John Okada, From No-no Boy Hisaye Yamamoto, The Legend of Miss Sasagawara Lawson Fusao Inada, Concentration Constellation Garrett Hongo, Kubota Dick Thornburgh, Making Amends Bob Pool, Uncovering Internment Papers Ronald Takaki, Roots 8. Chicanos: Negotiating Politcal and Cultural Boundaries From The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Cesár Chávez, The Organizer's Tale Tomas Rivera, Christmas Eve/La Noche Buena Pat Mora, Elena Arturo Islas, From Migrant Souls Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek Graciela Limon, from The Memoirs of Ana Calderon Ruben Salazar, from Border Correspondent Hector Calderon, Reinventing the Border Richard Rodriguez, Go North, Young Man Al Martinez, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 9. The New Immigrants: Reviving, Challenging, and Refashioning the American Dream From Immigration and Nationality Act of 1980 Carlos Bulosan, My Education Oscar Hijuelos, Visitors, 1965 Van B. Luu, The Hardships of Escape for Vietnamese Women Jose Alejandro Romero, Sumpul Bharati Mukherjee, Visitors Cathy Song, Easter: Wahiawa, 1959 Naomi Shihab Nye, White Coals, Broken Clock, and Speaking Arabic Peter H. Schuck, Border Crossing Index