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The Ethnic Dimension in American History



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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 4/12/2010.

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The Ethnic Dimension in American History is a thorough survey of the role that ethnicity has played in shaping the history of the United States. Considering ethnicity in terms of race, language, religion and national origin, this important text examines its effects on social relations, public policy and economic development. A thorough survey of the role that ethnicity has played in shaping the history of the United States, including the effects of ethnicity on social relations, public policy and economic development Includes histories of a wide range of ethnic groups including African Americans, Native Americans, Jews, Chinese, Europeans, Japanese, Muslims, Koreans, and Latinos Examines the interaction of ethnic groups with one another and the dynamic processes of acculturation, modernization, and assimilation; as well as the history of immigration Revised and updated material in the fourth edition reflects current thinking and recent history, bringing the story up to the present and including the impact of 9/11

Author Biography

James S. Olson is Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, Texas, where he has been honored with the university's Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research Awards. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over 30 books. His book Bathsheba's Breast: Women, Cancer, and History (2002) won the History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers and was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books in America for 2002. Heather Olson Beal is Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Worlds Collide: Indian People, Africans, and Europeans in Colonial Americap. 7
The First Americansp. 17
The European Migrationsp. 29
Ethnicity and Manifest Destinyp. 58
African Americans in the Early Yearsp. 92
Conclusion: Ethnic America in 1890p. 113
Ethnic America in Transition, 1890-1945p. 121
The Age of the New Immigrantsp. 128
American Jewsp. 151
Asian America, 1882-1945p. 165
The Nativist Reactionp. 179
Native Americans: The Assault on Tribalismp. 191
Jim Crow and Ghettos: African Americansp. 205
Mexican Americansp. 218
Conclusion: Ethnic America in 1945p. 230
Change and Continuity in Ethnic America, 1945 to the Presentp. 241
The African Americansp. 246
The Latino Mosaicp. 263
Asian Americans in the Modern Worldp. 282
The Newest Arrivalsp. 298
Native Americans in the Modern Worldp. 314
White Ethnics in Modern Americap. 329
Conclusion: Ethnic America in 2010p. 345
Selected Readingsp. 357
Indexp. 364
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