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Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States / Edition 1

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"A scholarly study of the real roots of what Jacobson calls 'America's largely assimilated but ultimately "unmeltable" ethics.' It's a startling point of view for readers who are accustomed to the self-congratulatory myth of America as a beacon of liberty to which the 'huddled masses' of the world look with longing."—Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520233423
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition, With a New Foreword by David Roediger
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,246,859
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Frye Jacobson is Professor of American Studies at Yale University and author of Whiteness of a Different Color (1998) and Barbarian Virtues (2000).

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Table of Contents

Note on Usage
Foreword by David Roediger

Introduction: The Diasporic Imagination

1. Exiles, Pilgrims, Wanderers: Migration in the Context of National Struggle
2. Plaintive Song, Heroic Story: Nationalism and Immigrant Popular Culture
3. Pillars of Fire: The Comparative Literatures of Immigrant Nationalism

4. Cuba Libre! Immigrant Versions of Spanish Tyranny, Cuban Rights, and American Power
5. Windows on Imperialism: Nationalism, Race, and the Conquest of the Philippines

Conclusion: The Diasporic Imagination in the Twentieth Century
Afterword to the 2002 Edition
Glossary of Names


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