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Immigration and Migration in U.S. Ethnic History
From All Points: America's Immigrant West, 1870s-1952 by Elliott Robert BarkanAt a time when immigration policy is the subject of heated debate, this book makes clear that the true wealth of America is in the diversity of its peoples. By the end of the 20th century the American West was home to nearly half of America's immigrant population, including Asians and Armenians, Germans and Greeks, Mexicans, Italians, Swedes, Basques, and others. These immigrants and their children built communities, added to the region's culture, and contended with discrimination. The region welcomed, then excluded, immigrants, in restless waves of need and nativism that continue to this day.
Call Number: F596.2 .B37 2007
A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present by Howard ZinnHoward Zinn (1922-2010) best-selling and influential American historian, professor, playwright, and social activist, tells America's story from the point of view of--and in the words of--America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers.
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Selected New Additions to the Library Collection
Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America by Shari RabinWinner, 2017 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies from the Jewish Book Council, Finalist, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Shari Rabin recounts the journey of Jewish people as they left Eastern cities and ventured into the American West and South during the nineteenth century. It brings to life the successes and obstacles of these travels, from the unprecedented economic opportunities to the ... many legal obligations of traditional Jewish life.
Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat’ovi Massacre by James F. BrooksThe Hopi community of Awat'ovi existed peacefully on Arizona's Antelope Mesa for generations until one bleak morning in the fall of 1700--raiders from nearby Hopi villages descended on Awat'ovi, slaughtering their neighboring men, women, and children. While little of the pueblo itself remains, theories about the events of that night are as persistent as the desert winds. Won the 2017 Caughey Prize and the 2017 Ermine Wheeler-Voeglin Book Award.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (Contribution by)Spanning more than two hundred years, this work is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history arguing that the "Global South" was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress ... and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms American history into the story of the working class organizing against imperialism.
Call Number: E184 .S75 O79 2018
The Age of Garvey by Adam EwingPresents an expansive global history of the movement that came to be known as Garveyism. Recipient of the 2015 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize.
Nisei Naysayer by James Matsumoto Omura; Arthur A. Hansen (Editor)In his sharp-penned columns, Omura fearlessly called out leaders in the Nikkei community for what he saw as their complicity with the U.S. government's unjust and unconstitutional policies--particularly the federal decision to draft imprisoned Nisei into the military without first restoring their lost citizenship rights. Omura received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Journalists Association in 1989.