Ethnic Americans / Edition 5

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For more than three decades, Ethnic Americans has been hailed as a classic history of immigration to America. Leonard Dinnerstein and David M. Reimers begin with a brief overview of immigration during the colonial and early national eras (1492 to the 1820s), focusing primarily on the arrival of English Protestants, while at the same time stressing the diversity brought by Dutch, French, Spanish, and other small groups, including "free people of color" from the Caribbean. Next they follow large-scale European immigration from 1830 to the 1880s. Catholicism became a major force in America during this period, with immigrants—five million in the 1880s alone—creating a new mosaic in every state of the Union. This section also touches on the arrival, beginning in 1848, of Chinese immigrants and other groups who hoped to find gold and get rich. Subsequent chapters address eastern and southern European immigration from 1890 to 1940; newcomers from the Western Hemisphere and Asia who arrived from 1840 to 1940; immigration restriction from 1875 to World War II; and the postwar arrival and experiences of Asian, Mexican, Hungarian, and Cuban refugees.

Taking the past fifteen years into account, the fifth edition of Ethnic Americans considers recent influxes of Asians and Hispanics, especially the surge in the Mexican population, and includes expanded coverage of nativist sentiment in American politics and thought.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Roger Daniels
This fine study of American immigration by two of the top scholars in the field is, far and away, the best brief account of the topic we have.
Alan Schaffer
Ethnic Americans is brief, concise, and well written. Without using jargon or overloading the reader with statistics, the book manages to tell the story of immigration to the United States down to the present in just 264 pages of text -an impressive achievement.
Elliot Barkan
Dinnerstein and Reimers, two of the foremost scholars of American immigration, have accomplished a most impressive feat by providing a thoughtful, reasonably comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of American immigrant and ethnic experiences. Without sacrificing the scholarly integrity of their materials, they have written a book that not only addresses important historical as well as contemporary issues and trends but also does so in a most readable manner.
A survey of immigration to the United States, presented in broad chronological order, beginning with the United States' colonial heritage. Succeeding chapters cover the waves of immigrants from 1789 to the 1890s and from the 1890s to the 1920s; ethnic conflict and restrictions; immigrants after WWII; immigrants from the south; ethnic mobility in modern America; assimilation; and recent immigration debates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231143363
  • Publisher: Columbia University
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: fifth edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Dinnerstein is professor emeritus of history at the University of Arizona. David M. Reimers is professor emeritus of history at New York University and the author of Other Immigrants: The Global Origins of the American People.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of TablesPrefaceIntroduction1. The Beginnings: Immigration to America, by 1492 to the 1820s2. An Expanding Population: Immigration from 1830 to the 1890s3. A New Wave of Immigrants, by 1890s-1920s4. Ethnic Conflict and Immigration Restriction5. The Door Opens Again: Immigration from the Eastern Hemisphere, by World II to 20086. Close Neighbors: Immigrants from the Western Hemisphere, by World War II to 20087. Confronting ImmigrationBibliographic EssayAppendix 1 Immigration By Region and Selected Country of Last Residence, by 1820 to 2006Appendix 2 Provisions of the Major United States Immigration Laws and ProgramsIndex

Columbia University Press

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