American Ethnic History: Themes and Perspectives

American Ethnic History: Themes and Perspectives

by Jason J. McDonald
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Rutgers University Press

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American Ethnic History: Themes and Perspectives

This book provides a new framework for examining and comprehending the varied historical experiences of ethnic groups in the United States. Thematically organized and comparative in outlook, it explores how historians have grappled with questions that bear upon a key aspect of the American experience: ethnicity. How did the United States come to have such an ethnically diverse population? What contribution, if any, has this ethnic diversity made to the shaping of American culture and institutions? How easily and at what levels have ethnic and racial minorities been incorporated-if at all-into the social and economic structures of the United States? Has incorporation been a uniform process, or has it varied from group to group? As well as providing readers with an accessible yet authoritative introduction to the field of American ethnic history, the book serves as a valuable reference tool for seasoned scholars. Key Features: Adopts a comparative and thematic approach that helps to demystify this complex and controversial subject, Provides an orderly and readable introduction to the main issues and debates surrounding the topic, Detailed and broad-ranging discussion of historiography enables readers to find more specialized works on topics in which they are interested.

About the Author:
Jason McDonald has taught U.S. history and American studies at various institutions, including Southampton University, Winchester University, Brunei University, De Montfort University, and Iowa State University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813542270
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Pages: 272

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     ix
Defining Ethnicity
The Origins and Nature of Ethnic Identity     3
Perspectives on American Ethnic Diversity
The Making of American Ethnic Diversity     25
Ethnic Adaptation     49
Mainstream Society's Perceptions and Policies
Ethnicity and the American Creed     69
Ethnic Incorporation     91
Minority Group Responses to American Life
Ethnic Collective Action     135
Confronting Challenges to Ethnic Allegiance     170
Bibliography     209
Name Index     253
Subject Index     258

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