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Author Bald, Vivek.

Title Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America / Vivek Bald
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012

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Contents Introduction : lost in migration -- Out of the East and into the South -- Between "Hindoo" and "Negro" -- From ships' holds to factory floors -- The travels and transformations of Amir Haider Khan -- Bengali Harlem -- The life and times of a multiracial community -- Conclusion : lost futures
Summary In the final years of the nineteenth century, small groups of Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island every summer, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their home villages in Bengal. The American demand for "Oriental goods" took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey's beach boardwalks into the heart of the segregated South. Two decades later, hundreds of Indian Muslim seamen began jumping ship in New York and Baltimore, escaping the engine rooms of British steamers to find less brutal work onshore. As factory owners sought their labor and anti-Asian immigration laws closed in around them, these men built clandestine networks that stretched from the northeastern waterfront across the industrial Midwest. The stories of these early working-class migrants vividly contrast with our typical understanding of immigration. Vivek Bald's meticulous reconstruction reveals a lost history of South Asian sojourning and life-making in the United States. At a time when Asian immigrants were vilified and criminalized, Bengali Muslims quietly became part of some of America's most iconic neighborhoods of color, from Tremé in New Orleans to Detroit's Black Bottom, from West Baltimore to Harlem. Many started families with Creole, Puerto Rican, and African American women. As steel and auto workers in the Midwest, as traders in the South, and as halal hot dog vendors on 125th Street, these immigrants created lives as remarkable as they are unknown. Their stories of ingenuity and intermixture challenge assumptions about assimilation and reveal cross-racial affinities beneath the surface of early twentieth-century America
Nineteenth-century Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their villages in Bengal. Demand for "Oriental goods" took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey's boardwalks into the segregated South. Bald's history reveals cross-racial affinities below the surface of early twentieth-century America
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Ḥaidar, Dādā Amīr, 1900-1989.
SUBJECT Ḥaidar, Dādā Amīr, 1900-1989 fast
Subject South Asian Americans -- History -- 20th century
South Asian Americans -- Cultural assimilation
Muslims -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Working class -- United States -- History -- 20th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Emigration and immigration
Muslims
Race relations
South Asian Americans
Working class
SUBJECT United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
South Asia -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
Subject New York (State) -- New York -- Harlem
South Asia
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674067578
0674067576