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Collecting Objects / Excluding People
Collecting Objects / Excluding People (September 2012)
Chinese Subjects and American Visual Culture, 1830-1900
Lenore Metrick-Chen - Author

Combining aesthetic and political history, explores the influence of Chinese people and objects on American visual culture.

In Collecting Objects / Excluding People, Lenore Metrick-Chen demonstrates an unknown impact of Chinese immigration upon nineteenth-century American art and visual culture. The American ideas of “Chineseness” ranged from a negative portrayal to an admiring one and these...(Read More)
 
 
The Anarchist Bastard
The Anarchist Bastard (March 2011)
Growing Up Italian in America
Joanna Clapps Herman - Author

FINALIST – 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year in the Autobiography/Memoir Category

A tribute to the Italian American family and its trying bonds of love.

“I was born in 1944, but raised in the twelfth century.” With that, Joanna Clapps Herman neatly describes the two worlds she inhabited while growing up as the child of Italian American immigrants in Waterbury, Connectic...(Read More)
 
 
The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century
The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century (September 2010)
John W. Frazier - Editor
Joe T. Darden - Editor
Norah F. Henry - Editor

Offers important new perspectives on the African diaspora in North America.

Drawing on the work of social scientists from geographic, historical, sociological, and political science perspectives, this volume offers new perspectives on the African diaspora in the United States and Canada. It has been approximately four centuries since the first Africans set foot in North America, and although it is impossible for ...(Read More)
 
 
Constructing the Nation
Constructing the Nation (October 2009)
A Race and Nationalism Reader
Mariana Ortega - Editor
Linda Martín Alcoff - Editor

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.

“What does it mean today to be an ‘American’ when one does not represent or embody the norm of ‘Americanness’ because of one’s race, ethnicity, culture of origin, religion, or some combination of these? What is the norm of ‘Americanness’ today, how has it chang...(Read More)
 
 
Latinos in Dixie
Latinos in Dixie (October 2009)
Class and Assimilation in Richmond, Virginia
Debra J. Schleef - Author
H.B. Cavalcanti - Author

A look at the Latino experience in the American South using data from Richmond, Virginia.

Confounding stereotypes, this book details the experiences of a growing but little-known group: Latinos who have settled in the American South. Authors Debra J. Schleef and H. B. Cavalcanti provide rich survey data from Richmond, Virginia, a midsize city where a Latino community has only recently emerged. Notably, many of the n...(Read More)
 
 
Antipodal England
Antipodal England (September 2009)
Emigration and Portable Domesticity in the Victorian Imagination
Janet C. Myers - Author

Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.

A common subplot in the Victorian novel involves fictional emigrants who disappear into or arrive from the colonies in ways that facilitate plot development but do little to represent the condition of colonial life. Yet the proliferation of emigrant guides and the enthusiastic debates...(Read More)
 
 
Who Speaks for Hispanics?
Who Speaks for Hispanics? (January 2009)
Hispanic Interest Groups in Washington
Deirdre Martinez - Author

Examines the policy stances of two major Hispanic interest groups.

Latinos, now the largest minority in the United States, have been described by the media as the “sleeping giant” of U.S. politics. They have a history of discrimination and the related problem of anti-immigrant sentiment and a lack of progress in the American school system. How do they respond to these challenges? Who leads this diverse...(Read More)
 
 
Labor in Retreat
Labor in Retreat (September 2001)
Class and Community among Men's Clothing Workers of Chicago, 1871-1929
Youngsoo Bae - Author

Winner of the 2002 Publications/Scholarly category from the Illinois State Historical Society and Association of Illinois Museums and Historical Societies Awards Program

Offers a fresh perspective on the origins of business unionism.

Why did the American labor movement decline in the 1920s? This is a question historians have often answered by pointing at the adverse circumstances begetti...(Read More)
 
 
Cultures of Opposition
Cultures of Opposition (June 2000)
Jewish Immigrant Workers, New York City, 1881-1905
Hadassa Kosak - Author

Winner CHOICE 2001 Outstanding Academic Title

Looks at the forging of a new Jewish political culture at the turn of the century.

This work provides a reinterpretation of the origins of Jewish working-class oppositional culture in the United States. It tells how this culture was characterized by public practices such as strikes, attacks on scabs and police, rent strike...(Read More)
 
 
Kibbutzniks in the Diaspora
Kibbutzniks in the Diaspora (March 2000)
Naama Sabar - Author

Explores the search for identity under changing conditions by examining the lives of kibbutz-born young people living in L.A.

Under what circumstances would kibbutz-born young people leave a society which symbolizes, more than anything else, the Zionist dream? Naama Sabar explores this question by examining the lives of a group of Israeli emigrants living in Los Angeles in the 1980s and early 1990s. Through extensive interviews in whic...(Read More)
 
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