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The usa, it is usually stated, is without doubt one of the such a lot ethnically varied nations on the earth. yet what, accurately, can we suggest once we communicate of “ethnic” teams or “ethnicity”?  what's the contrast, for instance, among “race” and “ethnicity”? How do numerous teams meld with the remainder of American society? may still we predict by way of assimilation, integration, pluralism, or another courting among ethnic teams and the mainstream? it truly is those and plenty of different questions that Jason J. McDonald tackles during this well timed and insightful book.

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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