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
     
 

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
Introduction1
1Creating America; Creating Americans18
2Americans and Aliens, 1750-183547
3Emigrants and Regional Strife, 1820-186073
4Redefining the Nation, 1850-1900106
5Immigrants in a Nativist America, 1890-1920136
6Migrants, Immigrants, and Scientific Racism, 1900-1945168
7The Postwar USA: Nation of Immigrants or Multicultural Nation?200
8Today's Immigrants; Tomorrow's Nation233
Conclusion265
Notes276
Index286

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