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Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups

by Stephan Thernstrom

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I bought this at the recommendation of a friend who's an historian, and I've never regretted. It's a volume that should be in the library of every educated American. ( )
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0674375122, Hardcover)

This book isn't cheap, but it's well worth the sticker price for people seriously interested in the role of race and ethnicity in American life. Distinguished Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom assembled an impressive collection of experts to write definitively on almost every racial and ethnic group that has had a presence in the United States. A series of extended essays on assimilation, language, law, literature, politics, and other topics also make the book essential reading. The massive numbers of new immigrants entering the United States will demand that this book receive an essential update sometime in the 21st century, but until then it remains a wonderful resource covering more than 200 years of American history.

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Informative and entertaining, this volume is an indispensable reference work for home, library, and office. It establishes a foundation for the burgeoning field of ethnic studies; it will satisfy and stimulate the popular interest in ancestry and heritage. It is a guide to the history, culture, and distinctive characteristics of the more than 100 ethnic groups who live in the United States. This is a comprehensive guide to more than 100 American groups with ethnic, religious, cultural, or regional identities. In addition there are almost 30 essays on related issues. For each signed group entry, the entire range of experience is discussed from the group's origins, migration, arrival and settlement, to its economic, social, cultural, religious life, and its experiences with education and politics. Maps and tables are included. This is a standard source, though now somewhat limited, especially for Asian peoples. Recommended for high school collections. This is a comprehensive guide to more than 100 American groups with ethnic, religious, cultural, or regional identities. In addition there are almost 30 essays on related issues. For each signed group entry, the entire range of experience is discussed from the group's origins, migration, arrival and settlement, to its economic, social, cultural, religious life, and its experiences with education and politics. Maps and tables are included. This is a standard source, though now somewhat limited, especially for Asian peoples. Recommended for high school collections.… (more)

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