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Author Gualtieri, Sarah M. A., 1967-

Title Between Arab and White : race and ethnicity in the early Syrian American diaspora / Sarah M.A. Gualtieri
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 270 pages): illustrations, map
Series American crossroads ; 26
American crossroads ; 26
Contents From internal to international migration -- Claiming whiteness : Syrians and naturalization law -- Nation and migration : emergent Arabism and diasporic nationalism -- The lynching of Nola Romey : Syrian racial inbetweenness in the Jim Crow South -- Marriage and respectability in the era of immigration restriction
Summary This multifaceted study of Syrian immigration to the United States places Syrians--and Arabs more generally--at the center of discussions about race and racial formation from which they have long been marginalized. "Between Arab and White" focuses on the first wave of Arab immigration and settlement in the United States in the years before World War II, but also continues the story up to the present. It presents an original analysis of the ways in which people mainly from current day Lebanon and Syria--the largest group of Arabic-speaking immigrants before World War II--came to view themselves in racial terms and position themselves within racial hierarchies as part of a broader process of ethnic identity formation. -- Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-256) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Arab Americans -- Race identity.
Syrian Americans -- Ethnic identity -- History.
Syrian Americans -- History.
Syrian Americans -- Race identity -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520943465 (electronic bk.)
9780520943469 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Race and ethnicity in the early Syrian American diaspora