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Different Mirror : A History of Multicultural America,9780316831116

Different Mirror : A History of Multicultural America

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9780316831116

ISBN10:
0316831115
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Pub. Date:
6/1/1994
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Summary

A dramatic retelling of our nation's past by today's preeminent multiculturalism scholar, Ronald Takaki, this book examines America's history in "a different mirror"-from the perspective of the minority peoples themselves. Beginning with the colonization of the "New World" and ending with the Los Angeles riots of 1992, this book recounts the history of America in the voices of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States-Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others-groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture. In this significant work of scholarship, Professor Takaki grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.

Author Biography

Ronald Takaki is a professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of six books, including Strangers from a Different Shore. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Author's Note v
1 A Different Mirror
1(20)
PART ONE: BOUNDLESSNESS 21(58)
Before Columbus: Vinland 21(3)
2 The "Tempest" in the Wilderness: The Racialization of Savagery
24(27)
Shakespeare's Dream about America
25(19)
A World Turned Upside Down
44(7)
3 The "Giddy Multitude": The Hidden Origins of Slavery
51(28)
A View from the Cabins: White and Black Laborers in Early Virginia
52(9)
"English and Negroes in Armes"
61(7)
The Wolf by the Ears
68(11)
PART TWO: BORDERS 79(146)
Prospero Unbound: The Market Revolution 79(5)
4 Toward the Stony Mountains: From Removal to Reservation
84(22)
Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age
84(4)
The Land-Allotment Strategy: The Choctaw Experience
88(5)
The Treaty Strategy: The Cherokees' Trail of Tears
93(5)
Where the Buffalo No Longer Roam
98(8)
5 No More Peck o'Corn: Slavery and Its Discontents
106(33)
Racial Borders in the Free States
107(3)
Was Sambo Real?
110(12)
Slave Son, White Father
122(4)
Black Nationalism: Nostalgia in the Niger
126(5)
"Tell Linkum Dat We Wants Land"
131(8)
6 Emigrants from Erin: Ethnicity and Class within White America
139(27)
The Irish Exodus
139(7)
An "Immortal Irish Brigade" of Workers
146(8)
The Irish Maid in America
154(6)
The Irish "Ethnic" Strategy
160(6)
7 Foreigners in Their Native Land: Manifest Destiny in the Southwest
166(25)
"In the Hands of an Enterprising People"
166(11)
"Occupied" Mexico
177(7)
The Making of a Mexican Proletariat
184(7)
8 Searching for Gold Mountain: Strangers from a Pacific Shore
191(34)
Pioneers from Asia
192(12)
Chinese Calibans: The Borders of Exclusion
204(5)
Twice a Minority: Chinese Women in America
209(6)
A Colony of "Bachelors"
215(10)
PART THREE: DISTANCES 225(148)
The End of the Frontier 225(3)
9 The "Indian Question": From Reservation to Reorganization
228(18)
Wounded Knee: The Significance of the Frontier in Indian History
228(3)
The Father of the Reservation System
231(3)
Allotment and Assimilation
234(4)
The Indian New Deal: The Remaking of Native America
238(8)
10 Pacific Crossings: Seeking the Land of Money Trees
246(31)
Picture Brides in America
247(4)
Tears in the Canefields
251(15)
Transforming the Land: From Deserts to Farms
266(11)
11 Between "Two Endless Days": The Continuous Journey to the Promised Land
277(34)
Exodus from the Pale
277(6)
A Shtetl in America
283(5)
In the Sweatshops: An Army of Garment Workers
288(5)
Daughters of the Colony
293(5)
Up from Greenhorns: Crossing Delancey Street
298(13)
12 El Norte: The Borderland of Chicano America
311(29)
The Crossing
312(5)
A Reserve Army of Chicano Labor
317(9)
The Internal Borders of Exclusion
326(8)
The Barrio: Community in the Colony
334(6)
13 To the Promised Land: Blacks in the Urban North
340(33)
The Black Exodus
341(6)
The Urban Crucible
347(8)
Yearning for Blackness in Urban America
355(11)
"But a Few Pegs to Fall": The Great Depression
366(7)
PART FOUR: CROSSINGS 373(56)
The Ashes at Dachau 373(5)
14 Through a Glass Darkly: Toward the Twenty-first Century
378(51)
A War for Democracy: Fighting as One People
378(21)
America's Dilemma
399(30)
A Note of Appreciation 429(1)
Notes 430(65)
Index 495(13)
About the Author 508


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