Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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This multifaceted study of Syrian immigration to the United States places Syrians and Arabs more generallyat 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 Syriathe largest group of Arabic-speaking immigrants before World War IIcame to view themselves in racial terms and position themselves within racial hierarchies as part of a broader process of ethnic identity formation.
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Sarah Gualtieri is Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations Acknowledgments Note on Terms and Transliterations Introduction 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 Conclusion Epilogue: Becoming Arab American Notes Bibliography Index
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"Thought-provoking book."Journal of American History