Chapters discover a number of themes, together with how assorted ethnic teams arrived within the United States—whether via violence and coercion or prepared immigration; the ordinary id of local american citizens as “ethnic,” even though they're indigenous to the land; no matter if the yankee public’s attitudes towards and remedy of distinction has been in keeping with the nation’s professed egalitarian beliefs; and the way components akin to language, faith, category, gender, and intermarriage play in both strengthening or weakening ethnic identification and crew solidarity.
An attractive and important examine a time period that is still stubbornly ambiguous in either scholarly dialogue and the vernacular, this booklet makes an enormous contribution to the continuing debates approximately “difference” in American society.
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