The Immigrant Left in the United States

The Immigrant Left in the United States

by Paul Buhle
     
 

A transnational social history of immigrant-group involvement in radical activities in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America that provides missing links between the immigration experience, the neighborhood, the workplace, politics, and culture.

This book investigates the role immigrant radicals have played in U.S. society from the mid-nineteenth

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A transnational social history of immigrant-group involvement in radical activities in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America that provides missing links between the immigration experience, the neighborhood, the workplace, politics, and culture.

This book investigates the role immigrant radicals have played in U.S. society from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. A valuable contribution to the history of the American Left, it makes use of a wealth of material from immigrants whose everyday speech and intellectual discourse were not in the English language.

The social-history scholarship that informs the essays is innovative in method and purpose. Articles on Mexican-American, German, Jewish, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Ukrainian, Greek, Arab, and Haitian immigrants supply missing conceptual links between the immigration experience, the neighborhood and the workplace, and political, labor, and cultural institutions. Taken together, they offer a model study in transnational history, one of the most important new fields of historical inquiry. Included are essays by Douglas Monroy, Stan Nadel, Michael Topp, Mary E. Cygan, Maria Woroby, Michael W. Suleiman, Robert G. Lee, Carole Charles, Van Gosse, and the editors.

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"What I like most about this book is its unusual coverage of different ethnic and racial groups. Many of the essays have a transnational perspective on immigrant political culture. Most of them have important material on the contribution of women immigrant radicals and the tension between these women and their male counterparts." —Robert Asher, University of Connecticut

"I like very much that this book covers immigrant life and politics over the long run of U.S. history rather than focusing on either the past or the present. Essays on immigrant workers inevitably shed light on nationalism, transnationalism, internationalism, and their significance for class analysis. The foreign-language labor and Left press has been surveyed, and evaluated, but this rich source has not yet been mined extensively." — Donna Gabaccia, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Begins the long neglected study of leftist activity among Americans whose language and culture were not English. The 11 essays break new ground by finding and interpreting a wealth of untouched documentary and oral sources, demonstrating the methodology as well as conveying information about specific groups, movements, and events. They consider such groups as Mexicans, Jews, Italians, Asian, and Haitians; and include the first known studies of radical Poles, Ukrainians, Greeks, and Arabs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791428849
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
SUNY series in American Labor History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.71(d)

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