Making it in America: A Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic Americans (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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The stories of these 400 eminent ethnic Americans are a testimony to the enduring power of the American dream. These men and women, from 90 different ethnic groups, certainly faced unequal access to opportunities. Yet they all became renowned artists, writers, political and religious leaders, scientists, and athletes. Kahlil Gibran, Daniel Inouye, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Thurgood Marshall, Madeleine Albright, and many others are living proof that the land of opportunity sometimes lives up to its name.

Alongside these success stories, as historian Elliot R. Barkan notes in his introduction to this volume, there have been many failures and many immigrants who did not stay in the United States. Nevertheless, the stories of these trailblazers, visionaries, and champions portray the breadth of possibilities, from organizing a nascent community to winning the Nobel prize. They also provide irrefutable evidence that no single generation and no single cultural heritage can claim credit for what America is.

  

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Thirty-eight of the largest U.S. billionaires joined the initiative of the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet financial guru, to donate at least half of their fortunes, which together are around 230,000 million. The founder of CNN, Ted Turner, filmmaker George Lucas and the hotelier Barron Hilton, the list
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Among the tycoons who have accepted the challenge are the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, and the co-founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison, and the media executive Barry Diller and CNN founder Ted Turner.
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The list also includes the likes of George Lucas, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, the hotelier Barron Hilton and David Rockefeller.
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Gates and Buffett, who Forbes magazine considered two of the world's richest men with a net set of 90,000 million dollars, last month launched the initiative "The Giving Pledge" ("The commitment to donate" to the to convince the country of billionaires who devote their wealth to philanthropy.
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In addition to asking for money, Gates and Buffet also asked who would accept his challenge exhibited in a letter the reasons why they decided to donate most of their wealth.
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Bloomberg, who made his fortune from the current financial information company that bears his name, said in his letter that philanthropy is the best investment in the future of new generations.
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Lucas, father of the sagas of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones," he said, meanwhile, that his interest as donor centers on the world of education.
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"It is the key to our survival as a species. We have to plan for our collective future, and the first step are social instruments, emotional and intellectual we provide to our children, "he said.
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The U.S. has around 400 fortunes in excess of one billion dollars, accounting for 40 percent of assets in this level that is in the world.
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If the millionaires who appear on the list of the 400 richest U.S. donate half of its net assets, could raise for charity and social over 600,000 million dollars, according to estimates by Fortune Magazine
 

Contents

Individuals by Ethnicity
xi
Individuals by Occupation
xxi
Achieving Eminence in Americas Culture of Success
xxxv
Acknowledgments
li
Ahmed Ismael N
5
Alvarez Julia
11
Ammann Othmar H
17
BadovinacJohn
25
Makino Fred Kinzaburo
215
MarshallThurgood
221
MaximovitchJohn
227
Melchior Lauritz
233
MontejoVictor Dionicio
239
Muir John
245
NaderAlbert S Sam
251
NestorAgnes
257

Bassiouni Mahmoud Cherif
31
BergerVictor
37
Davis James John
86
Delerue Georges
92
DiMaggio Joseph Paul
98
Dukakis Michael Stanley
104
Emeagwali Philip
110
Estefan Gloria Fajardo
116
Fermi Enrico
122
Forman Milosˇ
128
GianniniAmadeo P A P
134
Gonzalez Henry B
140
HakimThomas
146
LopezAlfonso Al Ramón
209
Oakar Mary Rose
263
OthmanTalat Mohamad
269
Sarafa Margarett George
331
Schmemann Serge
337
Shea Suzanne Strempek
343
Slater Samuel
349
Stevenson Robert Louis
355
Suleri Goodyear Sara
361
Tecumseh
367
Thind Bhagat Singh
373
Treutlen John Adam
379
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390
Acronyms
435
Copyright

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Elliott R. Barkan is a Professor Emeritus at the History Department of California State University, San Bernardino, specializing in immigration, naturalization, twentieth century comparative ethnic studies, and public opinion on immigration and race relations issues. He continues to teach courses courses that include Chicano History, Ethnic Minorities in American History, Ethnic Minorities in the American Southwest, the Asian-American Experience, and Roots of Modern American Racism, 1860-1930.

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