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Title:
Making it in America : a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans
Author:
Barkan, Elliott Robert.
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2001]

©2001
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li, 448 pages ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781576070987

9781576075296
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Summary

Summary

This collection of over 400 biographies of eminent ethnic Americans celebrates a wide array of inspiring individuals and their contributions to U.S. history.

* Chronicles the lives of 400 eminent ethnic Americans

* Includes outstanding achievers in every field--the arts, politics, science, religion, and sports

* Suggests both print and nonprint resources for further research following each entry

* Indexed by both ethnicity and field/profession


Author Notes

Elliott R. Barkan is professor of American history and ethnic studies and is the book editor for the Journal of American Ethnic History .


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This source provides short (500 to 530 word), signed biographies of approximately 400 "models of eminent Americans" from all ethnic backgrounds, including Madeleine Albright, Ingrid Bergman, Jacob Riis, Martina Navratilova, I. M. Pei, Tecumseh, and Oprah Winfrey. The author's aim was to assemble a representative group of people "who illustrate the opportunities America has provided those able to overcome the obstacles (and motivated enough) to take advantage of these opportunities." The subjects represent 90 different ethnic groups from all periods of American history and include indigenous peoples, immigrants, the children of immigrants, and, for some groups, third-or later-generation Americans. Eleven broad categories of occupations are represented. In addition to the care the editor took to balance the different ethnic groups and historical time periods, he was careful to include 100 women. Entries are arranged alphabetically. Each begins with the subject's full name, birth date (and death date), occupation(s) or spheres of influence, and ethnicity, and ends with a bibliography of references. The text succinctly places the biographee in historical context, outlines major accomplishments, and describes obstacles he or she has overcome. All the entries are chatty and interesting to read. Lists of individuals by occupation and by ethnicity facilitate access. Because short, easily accessible biographies of many of these people are difficult to find, this volume will be a welcome addition to collections in high-school, junior-college, college, and public libraries that seek to improve access to multicultural materials. Although there is a great deal of reference material on American biography and on specific ethnic groups, and many of the individuals covered here can also be found in numerous other sources, there really is no other one-volume work that provides this kind of broad coverage.


Choice Review

Barkan makes an admirable effort to capture the breadth and depth of the US ethnic experience over the past four centuries. His book contains brief biographies of a wide range of individuals from all walks of life who have contributed to the character of the nation, including the famous and obscure, Revolutionary War heroes to present-day community activists. Barkan (California State Univ.--San Bernardino) provides a thorough introduction outlining the criteria for inclusion and exclusion. Contributors consist of an impressive roster of 93 scholars representing 90 ethnic groups. Each entry has a bibliography. Although readers may quibble with some of the choices, the book is best read as a representative sample of the nation's multicultural heritage. While most names will be familiar to readers, the book's strength lies in its descriptions of the many lesser-known individuals who worked tirelessly to improve their communities and whose contributions are no less vital than those made by the nationally renowned. Recommended for lower-division undergraduates and general readers. N. Schlotzhauer University of Denver


Table of Contents

Individuals by Ethnicityp. xi
Individuals by Occupationp. xxi
Introduction: Achieving Eminence in America's Culture of Successp. xxxv
Acknowledgmentsp. li
Abdullah, Mohammed Nur Ali "Sheik Nur"p. 1
Abu Eid, Fatimap. 2
Adamic, Louisp. 3
Aguirre, Valentinp. 4
Ahmed, Ismael N.p. 5
Ahn, Philipp. 6
Akiwumi, Fendap. 7
Akiyoshi, Toshikop. 8
Albright, Madeleine Korbelp. 8
Alegria, Fernandop. 9
Allende, Isabelp. 10
Alvarez, Juliap. 11
Amara, Lucinep. 12
Amaya, Dionisiap. 13
American, Sadiep. 14
Amir, Sarap. 15
Ammann, Othmar H.p. 17
Aratani, Georgep. 18
Arce, Eliap. 19
Archipenko, Alexanderp. 20
Arnaz, Desip. 21
Asbury, Francisp. 21
Aubuchon, William E., and Aubuchon, William E., Jr.p. 22
Badovinac, Johnp. 25
Balanchine, Georgep. 26
Bambace, Angelap. 27
Baraga, Frederic Irenejp. 28
Barolini, Helenp. 29
Bartok, Belap. 30
Bassiouni, Mahmoud Cherifp. 31
Beck, Maryp. 32
Bednarik, Charles "Chuck"p. 33
Bell, Alexander Grahamp. 33
Bell, Thomasp. 34
Bellow, Saulp. 35
Belpre, Purap. 36
Berger, Victorp. 37
Bergman, Ingridp. 38
Bethune, Mary McLeodp. 39
Bierstadt, Albertp. 40
Bikel, Theodorep. 41
Birkerts, Gunnarp. 42
Blades, Rubenp. 43
Bok, Edward Williamp. 44
Booth, Evangeline Coryp. 45
Borge, Victorp. 46
Borglum, Gutzonp. 47
Brzezinski, Zbigniew "Zbig"p. 48
Bulosan, Carlosp. 49
Bunkse, Edmundsp. 50
Burton, Richard Walterp. 51
Cabet, Etiennep. 53
Cabrini, Francesca Xavierp. 54
Cahan, Abrahamp. 55
Callas, Mariap. 56
Calleros, Cleofasp. 57
Calvin, William Austinp. 58
Campbell, Alexanderp. 58
Campos, Patriciap. 59
Carnegie, Andrewp. 60
Carnegie, Henrietta "Hattie"p. 61
Carse, Matilda Bradleyp. 62
Cayetano, Benjamin J.p. 63
Cenarrusa, Petep. 64
Cermak, Anton "Tony" Josephp. 65
Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan "Chandra"p. 66
Chaplin, Charliep. 67
Cherian, Joyp. 68
Chin, Frankp. 69
Chisholm, Shirleyp. 70
Christopher, Philipp. 71
Christowe, Stoyanp. 72
Cifuentes, Clairep. 73
Cohan, George M.p. 74
Colon, Jesusp. 75
Conein, Lucien E.p. 76
Cordova, Dorothy Laigo, and Cordova, Fredp. 77
Cormier, Robertp. 78
Coryn, Edwardp. 78
Cotton, Johnp. 80
Cronyn, Humep. 80
Cuesta, Angel L.p. 81
Daignault, Elphege J.p. 83
Damrosch, Walter Johannesp. 84
Das, Taraknathp. 85
Davis, James Johnp. 86
De Kooning, Willemp. 87
De la Renta, Oscarp. 88
Debas, Haile T.p. 89
Deer, Ada E.p. 90
Delany, Martin Robinsonp. 91
Delerue, Georgesp. 92
Delgado, Marcelp. 93
Deloria, Vine, Jr.p. 94
DeVos, Richard, and Van Andel, Jayp. 95
Devoy, Johnp. 96
Di Loreto, Edwardp. 97
DiMaggio, Joseph Paulp. 98
Douglass, Frederickp. 99
Draves, Victoria "Vicki" Manalop. 100
Drewsen, Gudrun Lochenp. 101
Du Bois, W. E. B.p. 102
Du Pont de Nemours, Eleuthere Irenee, and Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuelp. 103
Dukakis, Michael Stanleyp. 104
Edison, Thomas Alvap. 107
Edwards, Henry Morganp. 108
Ellis, Rowlandp. 109
Emeagwali, Philipp. 110
Enander, Johan Alfredp. 111
Ericsson, Johnp. 112
Erikson, Erik H.p. 113
Escalante, Jaime Alfonsop. 114
Espaillat, Rhina P.p. 115
Estefan, Gloria Fajardop. 116
Etzioni, Amitaip. 117
Eu, March Fongp. 118
Farrell, James Thomasp. 121
Fermi, Enricop. 122
Ferraro, Geraldine Annep. 123
Figueroa, Elizabethp. 124
Fischer-Galati, Stephenp. 125
Flynn, Elizabeth Gurleyp. 126
Ford, Patrickp. 127
Forman, Milosp. 128
Friml, Rudolfp. 129
Furuseth, Andrewp. 129
Gallatin, Albertp. 131
Garbo, Gretap. 132
Geiringer, Hildap. 133
Giannini, Amadeo P. "A. P."p. 134
Gibran, Kahlilp. 135
Goizueta, Robertop. 136
Goldman, Emmap. 136
Gompers, Samuelp. 138
Gonzales, Rodolfo "Corky"p. 138
Gonzalez, Henry B.p. 140
Gregorian, Vartanp. 140
Groth, Dijanap. 141
Gutierrez, Jose Angelp. 142
Hagedorn, Jessicap. 145
Hakim, Thomasp. 146
Hall, Gusp. 147
Hancock, Ian F.p. 148
Hanson, Howard Haroldp. 149
al-Hibri, Azizah Y.p. 149
Hill, James Jeromep. 151
Hill, Williamp. 151
Howe, Irvingp. 152
Hrdlicka, Alesp. 153
Hughes, Johnp. 154
Hurja, Emilp. 155
Hutchinson, Annep. 156
Idar, Jovitap. 159
Inouye, Daniel Kenp. 160
Ivask, Ivar Vidrikp. 161
Jalali, Rezap. 163
Jao, Frankp. 164
Jean, Nelust Wyclefp. 165
Johnson, John Haroldp. 166
Jones, Mary Harris "Mother Jones"p. 167
Kahanamoku, Dukep. 169
Karimi, Mansooralip. 170
Kaupas, Casmirap. 171
Kazan, Eliap. 172
Kerkorian, Kerkor "Kirk"p. 173
Kerouac, Jean-Louis "Jack"p. 174
Kilian, Janp. 175
King, Martin Luther, Jr.p. 176
Kingston, Maxine Hongp. 177
Knudsen, William S.p. 178
Kochiyama, Yurip. 179
Kohut, Rebekah Bettelheimp. 180
Kolff, Willem Johanp. 181
Kono, Tamio "Tommy"p. 182
Krol, John Josephp. 183
Kubler-Ross, Elizabethp. 184
Kuniyoshi, Yasuop. 185
Kviklys, Broniusp. 186
La Guardia, Fiorello Henryp. 189
LaFlesche Picotte, Susanp. 190
Laurens, Henryp. 191
Lausche, Frank J.p. 192
Laxalt, Paul, and Laxalt, Robertp. 193
Lazarus, Emmap. 195
Lee, Angp. 196
Lee Bingp. 197
Lee, Choua Evep. 197
Lee, Sammyp. 199
Lee Tsung-Daop. 199
Lennon, Johnp. 200
Lewis, John L.p. 201
Lewis, Loida Nicolasp. 202
Liam, Alison Prapaislipp. 203
Lieberman, Joseph Isadorep. 204
Lin, Mayap. 205
Linares, Guillermop. 206
Lindbergh, Charles Augustus, Sr.p. 207
Loewy, Raymondp. 208
Lopez, Alfonso "Al" Ramonp. 209
Luahine, Iolanip. 210
Lugosi, Belap. 211
MacNeil, Robert Breckenridge Warep. 213
Makemie, Francisp. 214
Makino, Fred Kinzaburop. 215
Malcolm Xp. 215
Mallet, Edmondp. 217
Manoogian, Alexp. 217
Marohnic, Josipp. 219
Marshall, Louisp. 220
Marshall, Thurgoodp. 221
Marti, Josep. 222
Martin, Xavierp. 223
Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita"p. 224
Massey, Raymond Hartp. 225
Mattson, Hansp. 226
Maximovitch, Johnp. 227
Mayer, Louis B.p. 227
Mazrui, Ali A.p. 228
McClure, Samuel Sidneyp. 229
McGarrity, Josephp. 230
McKay, Claudep. 231
Mehta, Ved Parkashp. 232
Melchior, Lauritzp. 233
Mellon, Thomasp. 234
Mikulski, Barbara Annp. 235
Minh-ha, Trinh T.p. 236
Miyamura, Hiroshi "Hershey"p. 237
Miyasato, Albert H.p. 238
Montejo, Victor Dioniciop. 239
Moreno, Luisap. 240
Morgan, Garrett Augustusp. 241
Mouton, Alexandrep. 242
Muhlenberg, Henry Melchiorp. 243
Muir, Johnp. 245
Mukherjee, Bharatip. 246
Musial, Stanley Frankp. 247
Muskie, Edmund Sixtusp. 248
Nader, Albert S. "Sam"p. 251
Nader, Ralphp. 252
Nagy, Ferencp. 253
Naismith, Jamesp. 254
Navratilova, Martinap. 255
Nelson, Knutep. 256
Nestor, Agnesp. 257
Nevelson, Louisep. 258
Ng Poon Chewp. 259
Novak, Michael Johnp. 260
Novotna, Jarmilap. 261
Oakar, Mary Rosep. 263
Oh, Angelap. 264
Olson, Floyd Bjornsternep. 265
O'Neill, Eugene G.p. 266
O'Reilly, Leonorap. 267
Otero, Miguel, Jr.p. 268
Othman, Talat Mohamadp. 269
Ottendorfer, Anna Behr Uhlp. 270
Owen, Robert Dalep. 271
Paine, Thomasp. 273
Palance, Jackp. 274
Pantoja, Antoniap. 274
Papanicolaou, George Nicholasp. 275
Paul, William Lewis, Sr.p. 277
Payan, Ilka Tanyap. 278
Pei, I. M.p. 278
Penn, Williamp. 279
Perales, Alonso S.p. 280
Perpich, Rudolph "Rudy" Georgep. 281
Peterson, Esther Eggertsenp. 282
Petrescu, Paulp. 283
Piasecki, Frank Nicholasp. 284
Pickford, Maryp. 285
Pierre, Frantz Mariep. 286
Poitier, Sidneyp. 287
Popep. 288
Pothier, Aram Julesp. 289
Powell, Colinp. 290
Prisland, Mariep. 291
Pritsak, Omelianp. 292
Puente, Ernest "Tito" Anthony, Jr.p. 293
Pukui, Mary Kawenap. 294
Pupin, Michael Idvorskip. 295
Quill, Michaelp. 297
Quintal, Clairep. 298
Qureshey, Safi Urrehmanp. 299
Rahman, Fazlurp. 301
Ramos, Leda G.p. 302
Ramsey, Meserak "Mimi"p. 303
Randolph, A. Philipp. 304
Red Cloudp. 305
Reuther, Walter Philipp. 306
Revere, Paulp. 307
Rhee, Syngmanp. 308
Rhees, Morgan Johnp. 309
Rhode, Pawel Piotrp. 310
Riis, Jacob Augustp. 311
Robel, John M. "Jolly Jack"p. 312
Robert, Adolphe, and Robert, Gerald-Jacquesp. 313
Roberts, Margaret E.p. 315
Robeson, Paulp. 316
Rock, Howardp. 317
Roebling, John Augustusp. 318
Rogers, Willp. 319
Rohani, Shardadp. 320
Rolvaag, Ole Edvartp. 321
Romagoza, Juan Josep. 322
Ross, Johnp. 323
Rossides, Eugene Telemachusp. 324
Roybal, Edward R.p. 325
Saarinen, Eerop. 327
Saarinen, Elielp. 328
Sandburg, Carlp. 329
Sandoz, Marip. 330
Sarafa, Margarett Georgep. 331
Sarbanes, Paulp. 332
Sarkisian, Cherilyn "Cher"p. 333
Sarnoff, Davidp. 333
Saroyan, Williamp. 334
Saund, Dalip Singhp. 335
Schaff, Philipp. 336
Schmemann, Sergep. 337
Schurz, Carlp. 338
Scorsese, Martinp. 339
Seckar, Alvena V.p. 340
Sennett, Mackp. 341
Shalala, Donnap. 342
Shea, Suzanne Strempekp. 343
Shumeyko, Stepanp. 344
Sikorsky, Igorp. 345
Simutis, Leonardasp. 346
Singstad, Olep. 347
Skouras, Spyros P.p. 348
Slater, Samuelp. 349
Smith, Alfred "Al" E.p. 350
Snow, Clarence Eugene "Hank"p. 351
Snowe, Olympiap. 352
Soros, Georgep. 353
Spanos, Alex G.p. 354
Stevenson, Robert Louisp. 355
Stewart, Martha Helenp. 356
Stravinsky, Igorp. 357
Stukas, Jack J., and Stukas, Lorettap. 358
Stuyvesant, Peterp. 360
Suleri Goodyear, Sarap. 361
Sullivan, Johnp. 362
Tallchief, Mariap. 365
TallMountain, Mary D.p. 366
Tecumsehp. 367
Teller, Edwardp. 368
Tenayuca, Emmap. 369
Terrell, Mary Churchp. 370
Tesla, Nikolap. 371
Thao, Xouap. 372
Thind, Bhagat Singhp. 373
Thomas, Davidp. 374
Thomas, Thomas L.p. 375
Thompson, Nainoap. 376
Tran, Kimp. 377
Tran, Kim Huyp. 378
Treutlen, John Adamp. 379
Trunk, Rev. Georgep. 380
Truong, Thanh Nguyenp. 381
Truth, Sojournerp. 382
Tubman, Harrietp. 383
Turkevich, Leonidp. 384
Van de Poele, Charles Josephp. 387
Van Loon, Hendrik Willemp. 388
Van Raalte, Albertus Christiaanp. 389
Varela y Morales, Felixp. 390
Vega, Bernardop. 391
Velazquez, Baldemarp. 392
Vera Cruz, Philipp. 393
Vig, Peter Sorensenp. 394
Voliansky, Ivanp. 395
von Braun, Wernherp. 396
Vuksic, Nelly Perezp. 397
Wagner, Robert F.p. 399
Wald, Lillianp. 400
Walker, Madame C.J.p. 401
Wallace, Lila Bell Achesonp. 402
Walz, Maggiep. 403
Ward, Nancyp. 404
Wargelin, Johnp. 405
Warhol, Andyp. 406
Washington, Booker T.p. 407
Watumull, Ellen Jensen, and Watumull, Gobindram Jhamandas "G.J."p. 408
Weiser, Conradp. 409
Wells-Barnett, Ida B.p. 410
Wergeland, Agnes Mahildep. 411
Whitefield, Georgep. 412
Winfrey, Oprah Gailp. 413
Winthrop, Johnp. 415
Witherspoon, Johnp. 415
Wollner, Normap. 416
Wong, Anna Mayp. 417
Woods, Granville T.p. 418
Wright, Frances "Fanny"p. 419
Wright, Frank Lloydp. 420
Yamamoto, Hisayep. 423
Ybor, Vicente Martinezp. 424
Yezierska, Anziap. 425
Yglesias, Josep. 426
Yorke, Peter C.p. 427
Zapata, Carmen Margaritap. 429
Zebris, Juozasp. 430
Zenger, John Peterp. 431
Zworykin, Vladimir K.p. 432
Acronymsp. 435
Editor and Contributorsp. 439