A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Revised Edition)

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eBookIt.com, Jun 5, 2012 - History - 529 pages
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Takaki traces the economic and political history of Indians, African Americans, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese, Irish, and Jewish people in America, with considerable attention given to instances and consequences of racism. The narrative is laced with short quotations, cameos of personal experiences, and excerpts from folk music and literature. Well-known occurrences, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the Trail of Tears, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Japanese internment are included. Students may be surprised by some of the revelations, but will recognize a constant thread of rampant racism. The author concludes with a summary of today's changing economic climate and offers Rodney King's challenge to all of us to try to get along. Readers will find this overview to be an accessible, cogent jumping-off place for American history and political science plus a guide to the myriad other sources identified in the notes.

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User Review  - CassandraStrand - LibraryThing

Takaki does an absolutely phenomenal job in exploring the history of multicultural America highlighting the often ignored and left out parts of history that showcase just how badly the "white european ... Read full review

A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A History of Multicultural America

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A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore (1989). Most multicultural ... Read full review


The Making of Multicultural
The HiddenOriginsof Slavery
White Over Black
The Choctaws
Slavery andIts Discontents
Exiles from Ireland
Different Shore
Chinese Women in America
A Shtetl inAmerica
Upfrom Mexico Sprinkling the FieldswiththeSweat ofTheirBrows
A MexicanAmerican World
Blacks inthe UrbanNorth
American Dilemmas
Bomb the Color Line
Japanese Propaganda
ADeafening Silence

The San Francisco
The Massacre at Wounded Knee
From Japan to the Land
From Deserts to Farms
Pushed by Pogroms
Again the TempestTost
Epistemology andEpiphany

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 Ronald Takaki: Professor of Ethnic Studies

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