A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
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  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

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by Ronald Takaki
     
 

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Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States—Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian

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Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States—Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others—groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture.

Now, Ronald Takaki has revised his landmark work and made it even more relevant and important. Among the new additions to the book are:

—The role of black soldiers in preserving the Union
—The history of Chinese Americans from 1900-1941
—An investigation into the hot-button issue of "illegal" immigrants from Mexico
—A look at the sudden visibility of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan.

This new edition of A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore." —Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316022361
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
12/08/2008
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
529
Sales rank:
43,101
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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From the Publisher
"A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore." —-Kirkus

Meet the Author

Ronald Takaki designed and led the Ethnic Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkley until his retirement in 2004. He is the author of six books, including Strangers from a Different Shore. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LoveIsTheLaw More than 1 year ago
This book should be mandatory reading for adults.  I understand there is a Young People's version, which I look forward to reading with my kids.  I think another reviewer missed the point when they said that this book omitted all of the good things.  The point of this book is to tell the UNtold story and for people to tell it in their own words, about their own experiences.  And yes, that can make some of us uncomfortable, as grim reality often does.
Superwomen More than 1 year ago
This books talks about and exposes all the racial history and tension in America starting from when the first settlers came to America. It talks about a lot of different racial groups that were discriminated against and their fight to achieve to true definition of the American Dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first chapter of the book highlights the situation on which people were in.Different cultures existed in America for different reasons;better lifes,escape from oppressions.By them going through the anthinkable,they ended up victorious.The economy of the Americans,them included,grew up.The sense of uniting as a whole nation with diffrent cultures,putting their differences aside,aking the advantage of some was to their better future.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT AND GOT DOWN TO THE DETAILS . IT EVEN EXPLORED THE FEELINGS OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN THE US THROUGH THEIR POETRY.
CompassionateGrace More than 1 year ago
This is a history of violence in America. While, tragically, the conflict portrayed here is largely accurate, this book is a serious lie of omission. The author has conveniently left out any and all acts of kindness, compassion, or cooperation between races. If your goal is to inspire, validate, or maintain racism, then this is the book for you. If your goal is to understand and heal our country, then stay away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am 14 years old in 8th grade and my teacher is making me read this book. i mean maybe if i were older and actually able to understang and pay attention to what was happening then i would like it. but i definatly do not recoment it for someone my age. it is really stressful.