Becoming American Becoming Ethnic College Students Explore Their Roots

ISBN-10: 1566394392

ISBN-13: 9781566394390

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas Dublin

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More than at any time since the 1920's the issues of immigration and ethnicity have become central to discussions of American society and identity. Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic addresses this contemporary debate, bringing together essays written over the past eighteen years by college students exploring their ethnic roots-from the experiences of their forbears to the place of ethnicity in their lives.The students range from descendants of Europeans whose families immigrated several generations ago to Asian and Latin American immigrants of more recent decades to African-Americans and Hispanics-some have more than one ethnic heritage to grapple with, while others have migrated from one place to another within the United States. Together their voices create a dialogue about the interplay of ethnic traditions and values with American culture.These are moving personal reflections on the continuities and changes in the ethnic experience in the United States and on the evolving meaning of ethnicity over time and across generations. Despite vocal concerns in recent years about ethnic divisiveness, these student writings show how much many young Americans share even in their differences. Author note: Thomas Dublin, Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, has taught courses on immigration and ethnicity for nearly 20 years. He has published several books, most recently Immigrant Voices: New Lives in America, 1773-1986 and Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 4/22/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Life after Terceira
Coming to Terms with My Heritage
The Family History of a Fourth-Generation Pole
My Paternal Forebears
The Loss of My Family's Ethnic Ties and the Strengthening of Their American Identities
What's a Tyrolean? The Immigration of Mario Leonardi to America
Turetzky Family Assimilation: From Grandparents to Father to Me
Changing Worlds: The Immigration Experiences of My Paternal Grandparents
Roots Paper
A Family History
My Austrian-Italian Ethnicity
East Side Story: What West Side Story Left Out
Three Generations in America
Where I Stand and Why
A Challenge of Loyalty
A Bicultural Experience
My Family History
Being an Other
Discovering My Ethnic Roots
The Experiences of My Parents in Italy and America
Getting to Know My Parents So That I May Know Who I Am
Finding Home
The Assimilation Problems of My Family in America
The Oreo Cookie: Black on the Outside, White on the Inside
Should I or Shouldn't I?
My Experience with Immigration/Assimilation in America
Leaving Home
Being Indian in America: My Ethnic Roots and Me
My Immigrant Experience
Triple Identity: My Experience as an Immigrant in America
Two Poems
Afterword
Appendix: Sample Roots Paper Topic
Notes on Contributors
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