It really lays down the facts about the founding of the US and the implications for all minority groups involved. I feel as though everything I have been taught in public school was a fabricated enhancement of white power I am white by the way. Finally, all the facts are in one place.
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I think every person in America should read this book. Great book on immigration from before the arrival of Europeans on North America to the present. Spickard is clear, concise and very easy to read yet the information is in depth. I highly recommend this book.
This is pretty much everything you knew about American immigration history, combined into one bulky book. We're using it for a class and I would really have been better off using the reading time as study time for other classes. It's useful for specific cases used as examples of different situations, but most teachers don't require you to know anything that detailed, so that's really more just for personal interest. Will buy again Thanks. See all 9 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on February 8, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. By treating European immigrants alongside those from Asia and Latin America, Spickard is able to highlight the centrality of evolving conceptions of race in determining the status of these groups.
His discussion of immigrants from China and Japan, who were a fairly small share of all immigrants but who generated a considerable amount of anguished discussion regarding the limits of their likely assimilation, is particularly enlightening. Spickard, a professor of history at UC-Santa Barbara, has published extensively on the history of Asian and Pacific peoples, and this expertise shines through in these sections of the book.
His incorporation of the evolution of naturalization law, a topic often insufficiently treated in discussions of immigration but one that is particularly relevant in the experience of Asian peoples, is also very useful. The vibrancy of Spickard's writing is also a strength. The weaknesses of the book largely parallel these strengths.
The scope of the material is so broad that some sections feel superficially descriptive and somewhat disjointed. The material on Native Americans and African Americans in particular is sometimes poorly integrated, leading to interruptions of the main thrust of the narrative.
A more thematic organization rather than a chronological one, perhaps with chapters focusing on the history of citizenship law, the evolution of the legal meaning of "whiteness," and similar topics might have made the analytical content more plain while also reducing the amount of repetition and retracing of arguments created by the chronological structure. Similarly, while the energetic and informal rhetorical style is in some ways a strength, the frequent use of anecdote, personal communication, and pop culture representation sometimes gets in the If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
View freely available titles: Book titles OR Journal titles. EuroAmericans Take the Continent Chapter 5 The Great Wave Issues and Interpretations Chapter 7 White Peoples America Also by Paul Spickard.
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