Natives and Strangers A History of Ethnic Americans

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-10-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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"Who is an American?" "How does a person who is not an American become one?"

Now in its sixth edition, Natives and Strangers: A History of Ethnic Americans addresses these and many other vital questions. Comprehensive and accessible, this unique volume explores various aspects of American minority group history. Examining the impact that America has had on minority peoples and cultures--and vice versa--authors Leonard Dinnerstein, Roger L. Nichols, and David M. Reimers provide insights into the different conditions, conflicts, and contradictions that members of American minority groups experienced. They integrate the experiences of various racial, religious, and national minorities from around the globe--including American Indians, African Americans, and immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world--explaining how their histories intertwined with the emergence of modern America. The authors conclude with reflections on where the nation stands today as an ethnically and racially diverse society.

Author Biography

Leonard Dinnerstein is Professor Emeritus at The University of Arizona.

Roger L. Nichols is Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Arizona.

David M. Reimers is Professor Emeritus of History at New York University.

Table of Contents


1. Colonial Foundations (1600-1780s)
Coming of the Spanish
Coming of the English
Indians and Anglo-Americans
Attracting Settlers
Development of Slavery and Racism
European Minorities
Colonial Economic and Social Structure
Minorities and the Revolution

2. Forging a New Nation (1776-1840s)
A New Situation
Indian Relations
Southern Antislavery Falters
Free Blacks
Slavery in the Old South
New People in an Emerging Nation
Crisis over Immigration in the 1790s
National Territorial Growth
Beyond the Appalachians
Urban and Industrial Growth
Renewal of Immigration
Manifest Destiny

3. Civil War and Immigration (1840-1880s)
Settlement patterns
The Germans and the Irish
Finding Employment
Immigrant Life and Society
The Mining Frontier
The Chinese
Animosity Toward Foreigners
Political Nativism
The Coming of the Civil War
Blacks and the Domestic Crisis
The Mormons
Postwar Immigration
The Railroads

4. Burgeoning Industrialism and a Massive Movement of Peoples (1880s-1930s)
Industrial Expansion
Uprooted Peoples
Immigrant Settlement
The New European Immigrants
The Japanese
The Koreans and Asian Indians
The Mexicans
The Filipinos
Black Migration North

5. The Process of Adjustment (1880s-1930s)
Wages and Working Conditions
The Tenement Districts
Voluntary Associations
Black Associations
Cultural and Recreational Activities
The Churches and Parochial Education
Public Education
Indian Experiences
The Minority Press
Maintaining Old World Ties
Social Mobility

6. Ethnic Tensions and Conflicts (1880s-1945)
Pseudoscientific Racism
Triumph of Jim Crowism
Treatment of Indians
Attitudes Toward Asians
Attitudes Toward Europeans
Interethnic Conflict
Religious Bigotry
World War I
Immigration Restriction
Economic Depression and Increased Tensions
"Concentration Camps U.S.A."

7. Movement, Mobility, and Cultural Adaptation (1941-2014)
The Impact of World War II
Southerners Move North
Suburbs and the Rise of the Sun Belt and the West
American Indian Migration
Renewed European Immigration
Prosperity and Mobility
Retaining Ethnic Ties
Ethnic Groups and Politics

8. The Struggle for Equality (1945-2014)
The Deprived Minorities
Toward civil Rights
The Movement for Black Power
The Post-Civil Rights Era
The Hispanics
The Asians
The Indians
The White Ethnic Groups

9. A New Global Immigration
Beyond Europe: The Global Immigrants
Other Latinos
New Asian Immigrants
Middle Easterners
Other Immigrants from the Caribbean
New African Immigrants
Renewed Anxiety over Immigration
Selected Bibliography

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