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Immigrants in American history; arrival, adaption, and integration; 4v.


Immigrants in American history; arrival, adaption, and integration; 4v.

Ed. by Elliott Robert Barkan.



1989 pages




This is a reference of value to students in high school and above, and to a wide general audience. Wisely choosing something other than an alphabetical arrangement, Barkan (emeritus, history, California State U., San Bernardino) decided on a roughly chronological organization, and within each time period, an alphabetical arrangement by ethnic group. He introduces each section with an overview, and the four volumes contain a total of 163 signed contributions by historians and other academics with special interests in particular ethnic groups and American history. Readers can compare the waves of immigration of many groups in all three time periods (before 1870, 1870-1940, and 1940 to the present), although not all groups are represented in each. The fourth volume contains 30 essays addressing general themes and issues pertaining to US immigration such as indigenous peoples and borderlands, the American southwest and the border, laws and policies, unauthorized immigration, integration and assimilation, urban and rural experiences of immigrants, labor issues, religion, race mixing and intermarriage, Latinos and American politics, the second generation, among other topics.

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