The Arab Americans

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Arab Americans are loosely defined by their shared language as opposed to similar religious or cultural practices. Even this distinction is problematic, however, as some immigrants from Arab countries, such as Kurds, Circassians, and Berbers, do not speak Arabic. Furthermore, a common misconception of Arab Americans as being predominantly Muslim persists in America when in fact the majority of the Arabic-speaking community in the United States is actually Christian. These complex and often divisive distinctions ...

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Overview

Arab Americans are loosely defined by their shared language as opposed to similar religious or cultural practices. Even this distinction is problematic, however, as some immigrants from Arab countries, such as Kurds, Circassians, and Berbers, do not speak Arabic. Furthermore, a common misconception of Arab Americans as being predominantly Muslim persists in America when in fact the majority of the Arabic-speaking community in the United States is actually Christian. These complex and often divisive distinctions have deterred Arab Americans' establishment of large communities, although small enclaves have formed in California, New Jersey, and Michigan.

The Multicultural America series offers students and general readers a fascinating glimpse into the history of different ethnic groups in the United States. The focus of the set is on the social history, customs, and traditions of immigrants across American history. Each volume examines a specific ethnic group and presents a remarkable array of valuable information, covering everything from food, dress, entertainment, work, education, popular pastimes, political activity, and contributions and conflicts in American society. In an engaging, informative manner, each volume describes what members of a group found when they first arrived in the United States up to their current status in American society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816078127
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Multicultural America Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Beginnings in America: Precolonial to 1900 1

2 The Progressive Era and World War I: 1900 to 1920 19

3 The Roaring Twenties and Great Depression: 1920 to 1939 37

4 World War II and the Forties: 1939 to 1949 53

5 The Fifties: 1950 to 1959 67

6 The Sixties: 1960 to 1969 81

7 The Seventies: 1970 to 1979 97

8 The Eighties: 1980 to 1989 113

9 The Nineties: 1990 to 1999 129

10 The 21st Century: 2000 to the Present 143

Glossary 163

Index 167

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