The Evolution of New York City's Multiculturalism: Melting Pot Or Salad Bowl
This book deals with the formation of New York City's multicultural character. It draws a sketch of the metropolis' first big immigration waves and describes the development of immigrants who entered the New World as foreigners and strangers and soon became one of the most essential parts of the city's very character. A main focus is laid upon the ambiguity of the immigrants' identity which is captured between assimilation and separation, and one of the most important questions the book deals with is whether the city can be seen as one of the world's greatest melting pots or just as a huge salad bowl inhabiting all kinds of different cultures. The book approaches this topic from an historical and a fictional point of view and concentrates on personal experiences of the immigrants as well as on the cultural impact immigration had on the megalopolis New York.
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A Historical Summary
Ellis Island Island of Hope Island of Tears
Five Points Tenements and Sweatshops The Living Conditions
From Little Italy to Chinatown The Ethnic Districts Evolve
Melting Pot or Salad Bowl The Ambiguity of the Immigrants Identity
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19th and early 20th century Abraham Cahan American Dream Anzia Yezierska arrived assimilation authoress background became become big immigration waves Bowery Bread Givers buildings Cahan character Chinese city’s colorful criminal crowded cultural described dirty Dutch early 20th century early immigrants East River Ellis Island emigrated ethnic districts ethnic groups Europe famous Fifth Avenue finally Five Points Foner found its beginning German immigrants ghetto Gitl Higham Homberger home country houses identity immigrants started immigration station inhabitants Irish Italian Jake Jewish immigrants Jews John Dewey Kleindeutschland land Little Germany living conditions Lower East Side Mamie Manhattan Manhattan Transfer masses megalopolis melting pot metropolis multicultural nation newcomers novel Old World overcrowded Passos person poor population poverty problem protagonist regard religious Riis Rose Pastor Russia Salome settlement slums social society Sonya Statue of Liberty Street sweatshops Today traditions values writing Yekl York City York’s