Immigration and American Diversity: A Social and Cultural History / Edition 1

Immigration and American Diversity: A Social and Cultural History / Edition 1

by Donna R. Gabaccia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631220321

ISBN-13: 9780631220329

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Wiley

This engaging textbook is a concise overview of a sweeping topic – American immigration. Immigration is central to the history of America: a "nation of immigrants" that is diverse by definition. Beginning with the first arrival of migrants from Asia, Africa, and Europe, and ending with a discussion of the United States at the turn of the twenty-first

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This engaging textbook is a concise overview of a sweeping topic – American immigration. Immigration is central to the history of America: a "nation of immigrants" that is diverse by definition. Beginning with the first arrival of migrants from Asia, Africa, and Europe, and ending with a discussion of the United States at the turn of the twenty-first century, this book offers an unflinching analysis of the complex relationship between America's national solidarity and ethnic diversity.

The text introduces the main migrations of each era of American history, and examines the ensuing interaction between established citizens and new arrivals, and the formation of ethnic groups, regional cultures, and individual identities. The book describes how each are perceived "Americans," and how each most recent group of immigrants sparked the recurring debate over the concept of American nationality. Lively and straightforward, this valuable text shows both the optimistic and disparaging image of the United States as a "melting pot."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631220329
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Problems in American History Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

Preface and Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Student Exercise: American Diversity – and Me; American Diversity – and You.

1. Creating America; Creating Americans.

2. Americans and Aliens, 1750–1835.

3. Emigrants and Regional Strife, 1820–1860.

Student Exercise: Catholic Nuns Testify in Court after the Burning of the Charlestown Convent.

4. Redefining the Nation, 1850–1900.

Student Exercise: Can a Negro be a Nativist?.

5. Immigrants in a Nativist America, 1890-1920.

Student Exercise, Determining the Geographic Origins of Immigrants at Century's Turn.

6. Migrants, Immigrants, and Scientific Racism, 1900-1945.

7. The Postwar USA: Nation of Immigrants or Multicultural Nation?.

Student Exercise: Ethnicity, Authors, and their Books.

8. Today's Immigrants; Tomorrow's Nation.

Student Exercise: This Week's Headlines: An Oral Report on Immigration's Impact on Local Communities.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Index.

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