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Author McDonald, Jason (Jason J.)

Title American ethnic history : themes and perspectives / Jason McDonald
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages)
Contents The origins and nature of ethnic identity -- The making of American ethnic diversity -- Ethnic adaptation -- Ethnicity and the American creed -- Ethnic incorporation -- Ethnic collective action -- Confronting challenges to ethnic allegiance
Summary This book offers a thematic introduction to American ethnic history which provides an overview of key historiographical debates. It provides a new framework for examining and comprehending the varied historical experiences of ethnic groups in the United States. Thematically organized and comparative in outlook, it explores how historians have grappled with questions that bear upon a key aspect of the American experience: ethnicity. How did the United States come to have such an ethnically diverse population? What contribution, if any, has this ethnic diversity made to the shaping of American culture and institutions? How easily and at what levels have ethnic and racial minorities been incorporated, if at all, into the social and economic structures of the United States? Has incorporation been a uniform process or has it varied from group to group? This is both an authoritative introduction to the field of American ethnic history and a valuable reference tool for secondary scholoars
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-252) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Ethnic groups -- United States -- History.
Ethnicity -- United States -- History.
United States -- Ethnic relations -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0748628630 (electronic bk.)
9780748628636 (electronic bk.)