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The ethnic dimension in American history
Olson, James Stuart, 1946-
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [1979]

Physical Description:
xxv, 440 pages, xiii pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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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.

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.