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About Ethnic and Multicultural History

Ethnic history is a branch of social history that studies ethnic groups and immigrants. Oscar Handlin (1915-2011) might be considered the father of ethnic history. "He ranks as one of the most prolific and influential American historians of the 20th century, with pioneering works in the fields of immigration history, ethnic history, and social history."
[Oscar Handlin. (2004). In Encyclopedia of World Biography (2nd ed., Vol. 7, pp. 121-122). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from Gale Virtual Reference Library]

Early in his nearly half century career as a history professor at Harvard, his most influential work,The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American People, won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize in history. 
[Kraut, A. M. (2013). Oscar Handlin and "the Idea That We Are a Nation of Immigrants." Journal of American Ethnic History, 32(3), 26-36.]

Immigrants as Artists

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris by Patricia Engel, pp. 34-35.

"I thought of my father. Once, before my graduation, I’d mentioned the possibility of changing direction and not studying diplomacy as I’d been planning. Papi thought I meant I’d join him and Santi at the family business, but when I said I was considering something more creative, he shook his head as if I’d been terribly mistaken and said there was no need for that; I was already an artist by blood; all immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form. That’s why God has special sympathy for immigrants, because Diosito was the first artist, and Jesus, un pobre desplazado. 
'It’s not the same, Papi,' I’d tried, but he shook his head.
'Pero of course it is, mijita. All your life is a work of art. A painting is not a painting but the way you live each day. A song is not a song but the words you share with the people you love. A book is not a book but the choices you make every day trying to be a decent person.'"


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