The Ethnic Dimension in American History / Edition 3

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Through association with others, individuals come to know themselves; and through placement among people of their own national, cultural, and religious kind they gain a larger American identity. This paradoxical relationship between individual and community has special meaning in American history. In neighborhoods and other forms of association, members of immigrant ethnicities along with racial and religious minorities have sought to preserve their distinctiveness against social homogenization.

This book's 17 chapters cover the history of ethnicity in American society, from the first Americans before colonization up to the present day. Groups covered include Native Americans and Americans of varied backgrounds: European, Chinese, African, Jewish, Filipino, Japanese, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Korean, Haitian, Indonesian, and Muslim.

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“A rich and rewarding account of the disparate ethnic and religious groups that shaped this nation’s history and culture—African, Caribbean, Chinese, Irish, Italian Japanese, Jewish, Mexican, Native American, Polish, Puerto Rican, among others—this eloquent and moving book explains how American society has evolved out of a complex process of migration, social conflict, cultural contention, and mutual discovery.”
Steven Mintz, Columbia University

“This new edition of The Ethnic Dimension is a highly readable exploration of the experiences of the diversity of peoples that have populated the United States since colonial times.  Kudos to the authors for producing a volume so sweeping in scope and, in places, controversial in its interpretations. . . .  Deserves a wide readership. . . . Highly recommended.”
James Kirby Martin,University of Houston

“This new edition of Ethnic Dimensions retains all of the virtues that made its predecessors an invaluable introductory text — clear and engaging prose, well-chosen vignettes, comprehensive coverage, and a persuasive thesis that ethnic and racial diversity is a primary path to understanding U.S. History.”
John F. McClymer, Assumption College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881089872
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Olson is Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. He is the recipient of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award and Excellence in Research Award. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than thirty books, including Catholic Immigrants in America (1993); Winning is the Only Thing: Sports in America Since 1945 (1989); Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam Fifth Edition (Blackwell, 2006); and John Wayne American (1996), which won the Ray and Pat Brown National Book Award from the Popular Culture Association. His book A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory (2001) won the Diolece Parmelee Award from the Texas Historical Foundation. His most recent book—Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History (2002)—was nominated by The Johns Hopkins University Press for the Pulitzer Prize in History, won the History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books in America for 2002.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Red, White, and Black in Early America.

1. The First Americans.

2. The European Migration.

3. Ethnicity and Manifest Destiny.

4. African Americans in the Early Years.

Part II: Ethnic America in Transition, 1890-1945.

5. The New Immigrants.

6. The Jews of America.

7. Asian America, 1882-1945.

8. The Nativist Reaction.

9. Native Americans: The Assault on Tribalism.

10. Jim Crow and Ghettos: African Americans.

11. The Mexican Americans.

Part II Conclusion: Ethnic America in 1945.

Part III: Change and Continuity in Ethnic America, 1945-Present.

12. Black Power: The African Americans.

13. The Hispanic Mosaic.

14. Asian Americans in the Modern World.

15. The Newest Arrivals.

16. Native American in the Modern World.

17. White Ethnics in Modern America.

Part III Conclusion: Ethnic America in 1999.

Bibliography Essay.


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