The Arab Americans: A History

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Olive Branch Press, 2006 - History - 500 pages
Preface -- Acknowledgments --Introduction -- Generations reunite in Arbeen, Syria -- Seed to the wind : The first wave of Arab immigration (1878-1924) -- The Stuff of Myths: Arab Adventurers in the New World -- The Withered Cedar: Why the Arabs Left Syria and Lebanon -- Who Am I? The Syrians Dock in America -- Transplanting the fig tree: The frist generation on American soil (1924-1947) -- The Depression and the Syrian Americans -- World War II -- Making a Name: First-Generation Notables -- The Palestine debacle: The second wave of Arab immigration (1948-1966) -- Syrian Americans React to the Brewing Palestine Conflict -- Immigrants from a Lost Palestine -- Other Second Wave Immigrants from Arab Regimes -- The third wave: West Bank capured, Lebanon torn assunder, The Iran-Iraq War (1967-1989) -- Iraqis, Yemenis, and Egyptian Copts -- Third Wave Palestinians and Lebanese -- The political awakening (1972-1982) -- The Association of Arab American University Graduates (AAUG) -- The National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA) -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) -- Before the Flames -- The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon -- Stumbling toward peace (1986-2000) -- The Cases of Alex Odeh and the L.A. 8 -- The Coleico Doll and the First Intifadah -- The First Gulf War Triggers Hate Crimes -- The Oslo Peace Process -- Access White House or Affirmative Action? -- The Death of Oslo and the Second Intifadah -- After the flames: Arab americans and American fear (2001-2004) -- September 11 and the Patriot Act -- What do Arab Americans Want? -- Ongoing Achievement -- To Be or Not to Be Arab American: A Look at the Literature -- A celebration of community -- Center of the World (Washington, DC) -- Food You Can Trust (Detroit) -- Dance over the Death Home (Brooklyn) -- The Slave of Balfour House (Vicksburg) -- The Sunni Who Sells Insurance (Cedar Rapids) -- The Mosque and the Prairie (Ross, North Dakota) -- A Porch in Pasadena (California) -- Appendixes: Number of Arrivals in the United States from Turkey in Asia, by Sex, 1869-1898 -- Number of Arrivals from Syria in the United States by Sex, 1899-1924 -- Arab Immigration to the United States, 1948-2003 -- Arab Eastern Rite Christian, Muslim, and Druze Population in the United States -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.

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User Review  - Bodagirl - LibraryThing

Interesting topic (especially Chapter 2, about the first Arab immigrants), but not the most engaging book. I feel like Orfalea was too close to his subject, though the amount of interviews he did with Arab Americans from across the country was impressive. Read full review


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An idiosyncratic account of Arab immigrants and their native-born children in America.Orfalea (Writing/Pitzer College) doesn't trade in ethnic history on a par with, say, Manuel Gonzales's Mexicanos ... Read full review


Generations Reunite in Arbeen Syria
The First Wave of Arab Immigration
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Gregory Orfalea is the director of the writing center at Pitzer College in California and co-editor of Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry.

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