The Evolution of New York City's Multiculturalism: Melting Pot Or Salad Bowl: Immigrants in New York from the 19th Century Until the End of the Gilded Age

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BoD – Books on Demand, 2009 - Cultural pluralism - 162 pages
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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