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American Waves
Race, Ethnicity,
& Cultural Identity

 
Edited by Cathy L. James

American Waves is a collection of readings by various authors that reflects the diverse racial and ethnic makeup of American society. The essays were arranged chronologically, representing the different phases or waves of ethnic groups that immigrated (voluntarily or involuntarily) to the United States. The purpose of the book is to examine the historical experiences, persisting customs, and special events that shape ethnic or cultural identity.

One cannot fairly evaluate current racial and ethnic relations without examining one’s own heritage and the ethnic history of others. According to the 2000 Census, moreover, recent immigrants have come increasingly from Asia and Latin America, suggesting that a future America may be predominantly non-European. Some may fear the loss of an “American identity” that could result from the submersion of the Anglo-Saxon majority. These essays argue that it is possible to respect the basic principles of American culture while affirming that cultural diversity adds to the beauty and strength of American society.

 
Modern Art and All That Jazz
Introduction  (Read Now)
Mescalero Apaches
Choctaw Gold: New Enterprises on a Mississippi Reservation
English Settlements in Maine: 'So Secure a Harbor'
The Appalachian Voice  (Read Now)
Bearing Stubborn Fruit: The German Character of Missouri's Wine Region
Contours of Black Reconstruction
Things Change: Alabama and the Struggle for Civil Rights
Allons au Zydeco: Southwest Louisiana's Creole Music
Irish Way of Becoming American
Chinese in America  (Read Now)
On the Shoulders of Strong Men: Processions Recall Old World Heritage among Italian Americans
Jewish Identity in America, Part One
Vashon Island's Bittersweet Legacy: Strawberry Fields Remembered
Border Culture: Intermixing Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
New York City: Family Problems and Organizational Support Among Puerto Ricans
Legacy in Smoke: Ybor City's Role in Cigar Manufacturing  (Read Now)
Immigration and the Asian-American Experience
Asian Indians in America: Emerging Minority
Belonging in the West
Jazz's Origin
   
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