The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America

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Ronald H. Bayor
Columbia University Press, 2004 - United States - 991 pages

All historians would agree that America is a nation of nations. But what does that mean in terms of the issues that have moved and shaped us as a people? Contemporary concerns such as bilingualism, incorporation/assimilation, dual identity, ethnic politics, quotas and affirmative action, residential segregation, and the volume of immigration resonate with a past that has confronted variations of these modern issues. The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America, written and compiled by a highly respected team of American historians under the editorship of Ronald Bayor, illuminates the myriad ways in which immigration, racial, and ethnic histories have shaped the contours of contemporary American society.

This invaluable resource documents all eras of the American past, including black-white interactions and the broad spectrum of American attitudes and reactions concerning Native Americans, Irish Catholics, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, and other groups. Each of the eight chronological chapters contains a survey essay, an annotated bibliography, and 20 to 30 related public and private primary source documents, including manifestos, speeches, court cases, letters, memoirs, and much more. From the 1655 petition of Jewish merchants regarding the admission of Jews to the New Netherlands colony to an interview with a Chinese American worker regarding a 1938 strike in San Francisco, documents are drawn from a variety of sources and allow students and others direct access to our past.

Selections include

* Powhatan to John Smith, 1609

* Thomas Jefferson-"Notes on the State of Virginia"

* Petition of the Trustees of Congregation Shearith Israel, 1811

* Bessie Conway or, The Irish Girl in America

* German Society in Chicago, Annual Report, 1857-1858.

* "Mark Twain's Salutation to the Century"

* W. E. B. DuBois, "Of Our Spiritual Strivings"

* NAACP on Black Schoolteachers'Fight for Equal Pay

* Malcom X speech, 1964

* Hewy Newton interview and Black Panther Party platform

* Preamble-La Raza Unida Party

* Lee lacocca speech to Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest, 1984

* Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, 1990

* L.A. riot-from the Los Angeles Times, May 3, 15, 1992; Nov. 16, 19, 1992

* Asian American Political Alliance

* President Clinton's Commission on Race, Town Meeting, 1997

* Louis Farrakhan-"The Vision for the Million Man March"




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Ronald H. Bayor is professor of history in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and recipient of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society's Distinguished Service award. He is the founding editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History and the author of many books, including Race and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Atlanta and Fiorello LaGuardia: Ethnicity and Reform. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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