Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American

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Basic Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Social Science - 144 pages
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In Reinventing the Melting Pot, twenty-one of the writers who have thought longest and hardest about immigration come together around a surprising consensus: yes, immigrant absorption still works-and given the number of newcomers arriving today, the nation's future depends on it. But it need not be incompatible with ethnic identity-and we as a nation need to find new ways to talk about and encourage becoming American. In the wake of 9/11 it couldn't be more important to help these newcomers find a way to fit in. Running through these essays is a single common theme: Although ethnicity plays a more important role now than ever before, today's newcomers can and will become Americans and enrich our national life-reinventing the melting pot and reminding us all what we have in common.
 

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In 1908, English immigrant Israel Zangwill coined the term"melting pot" as a title for his newest play, a vision of America as an Eden where all races and ethnicities melted happily into a harmonious ... Read full review

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DEFINING ASSIMILATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
4
THE NEW IMMIGRANTS A PROGRESS REPORT
18
THE AMERICAN KALEIDOSCOPE THEN AND NOW
34
REDISCOVERING THE MELTING POTSTILL GOING STRONG
48
ASSIMILATION TODAY IS ONE IDENTITY ENOUGH?
62
THE 21ST CENTURY AN ENTIRELY NEW STORY
76
TOWARD A NEW DEFINITION
88
THE ASSIMILATION CONTRACT ENDANGERED BUT STILL HOLDING
100
THE ALLOY OF NEW YORK
168
TOWARD A POSTETHNIC ECONOMY
184
ECONOMIC ASSIMILATION TROUBLE AHEAD
200
ASSIMILATION TO THE AMERICAN CREED
212
THIS WAS OUR RIOT TOO THE POLITICAL ASSIMILATION OF TODAYS IMMIGRANTS
222
THE MELTING POT AND THE COLOR LINE
236
GETTING OVER IDENTITY
250
NEW AMERICANS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
262

THE AMERICAN SIDE OFTHE BARGAIN
112
MEXICANAMERICANS AND THE MESTIZO MELTING POT
126
ASSIMILATION THE ASIAN WAY
140
FOR THE SECOND GENERATION ONE STEP AT A TIME
156
GOOSELOOSE BLUES FOR THE MELTING POT
272
THE NEW TWOWAY STREET
286
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY
294
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Tamar Jacoby is a journalist formerly on staff at The New York Review of Books, Newsweek, and The New York Times, where she was deputy editor of the op-ed page. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, she writes frequently about race and other social issues for the The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Commentary, Dissent, and other publications.

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