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Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora / Edition 1

Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora / Edition 1

by Sarah GualtieriSarah Gualtieri
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This multifaceted study of Syrian immigration to the United States places Syrians— and Arabs more generally—at the center of discussions about race and racial formation from which they have long been marginalized. Between Arab and White focuses on the first wave of Arab immigration and settlement in the United States in the years before World War II, but also continues the story up to the present. It presents an original analysis of the ways in which people mainly from current day Lebanon and Syria—the largest group of Arabic-speaking immigrants before World War II—came to view themselves in racial terms and position themselves within racial hierarchies as part of a broader process of ethnic identity formation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520255340
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/06/2009
Series: American Crossroads , #26
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sarah Gualtieri is Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

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Note on Terms and Transliterations

1. From Internal to International Migration

2. Claiming Whiteness: Syrians and Naturalization Law

3. Nation and Migration: Emergent Arabism and Diasporic Nationalism

4. The Lynching of Nola Romey: Syrian Racial Inbetweenness in the Jim Crow South

5. Marriage and Respectability in the Era of Immigration Restriction

Epilogue: Becoming Arab American

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"Thought-provoking book."—Journal of American History

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