Coming to America (Second Edition): A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life

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HarperCollins, Oct 22, 2002 - History - 576 pages
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With a timely new chapter on immigration in the current age of globalization, a new Preface, and new appendixes with the most recent statistics, this revised edition is an engrossing study of immigration to the United States from the colonial era to the present.


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I found this book surprisingly interesting, considering it is very much not what I was expecting. I picked it up hoping for a social history of immigration in America - the experiences of immigrants ... Read full review

Review: Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life

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I actually started this on Monday, Feb 10. It didn't occur to me that this would actually be something I read all the way through rather than just a couple chapters. I think that's probably the ... Read full review


Virginia Maryland
Slavery and Immigrants from Africa
Other Europeans in Colonial America
Ethnicity and Race in American Life
The Century of Immigration 18201924
Italians Greeks Arabs
Poles Jews and Hungarians 272
Chinese Japanese
Immigration Law 19481980
The New Asian Immigrants
Caribbeans Central Americans and Soviet Jews
The 1980s and Beyond
Immigration in an Age of Globalization
Appendix I
Selected Bibliography

The Triumph of Nativism
Migration in Prosperity Depression and War 19211945 257
Mexicans and Puerto Ricans
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Page 68 - It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
Page 104 - He is an American, who leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds. He becomes an American by being received in the broad lap of our great Alma Mater.
Page 104 - What then is the American, this new man? He is either an European, or the descendant of an European, hence that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country.
Page 121 - They must cast off the European skin, never to resume it. They must look forward to their posterity rather than backward to their ancestors; they must be sure that whatever their own feelings may be, those of their children will cling to the prejudices of this country.
Page 216 - Up to our own day American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West. The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American development.
Page 112 - Why should the Palatine Boors be suffered to swarm into our Settlements, and by herding together establish their Language and Manners to the Exclusion of ours?
Page 116 - I congratulate you, fellow-citizens, on the approach of the period at which you may interpose your authority, constitutionally, to withdraw the citizens of the United States from all further participation in those violations of human rights which have so long continued on the unoffending inhabitants of Africa, and which the morality, the reputation, and the best interests of our country have long been eager to proscribe.
Page 34 - The value of children is the greatest of all encouragements to marriage. We cannot, therefore, wonder that the people in North America should generally marry very young.
Page 115 - He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the laws of naturalization of foreigners ; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

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Roger Daniels is Charles Phelps Taft Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1961 and is a past president of both the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. He has written widely about Asian Americans and immigration. Among his most recent books are Not Like Us: Immigrants and Minorities in America, 1890-1924; Debating American Immigration, 1882-Present (with Otis Graham); and American Immigration: A Student Companion.

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