A Nation of Peoples: A Sourcebook on America's Multicultural by Elliott Robert Barkan

By Elliott Robert Barkan

The debate over America's multiculturalism has been extreme for almost 3 a long time, dividing competitors into these insisting on such popularity and people fearing that this kind of formal acknowledgment will undermine the civic bonds created via a heterogeneous country. evidence have usually been the sufferer during this dispute, and few works have effectively tried to offer the large spectrum of America's ethnic teams in a layout that's readable, present, and authoritative. The chapters during this reference e-book exhibit that the US has been way over a state of immigrants; it's been a kingdom of peoples―of almost all races, religions, and nationalities―inclusive of indigenous natives and peoples lengthy current in addition to myriad immigrant and refugee teams. now not all teams have both discovered the United States to be a land of chance, and the successes of a few teams have come on the cost of others. to appreciate the yankee adventure, the reader must never simply learn the tale of immigrants residing at the East Coast, but in addition the background of these residing within the South, Southwest, West, or even Alaska and Hawaii.

As a reference booklet, this quantity presents thorough insurance of greater than dozen racial, ethnic, and non secular teams within the usa. every one bankruptcy is written by means of knowledgeable contributor and overviews the reports of 1 workforce or a cluster of comparable teams. The chapters are prepared alphabetically and canopy teams resembling African american citizens, American Indians, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Mexicans, Mormons, and Puerto Ricans. To the level attainable, each one bankruptcy discusses the preliminary arrival of the gang in the US; the difference of the 1st new release of immigrants; the commercial, political, and cultural integration of the crowd; and the prestige of the gang in modern American society. every one bankruptcy closes with a bibliographical essay, and the quantity concludes with a assessment of an important normal works on America's multicultural heritage.

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