This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans—their history, strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. Blending sociological insight with historical detail, Peter C. and Charles C. Moskos trace the Greek-American experience from the wave of mass immigration in the early 1900s to today. This is the story of immigrants, most of whom worked hard to secure middle-class status. It is also the story of their children and grandchildren, many of whom maintain an attachment to Greek ethnic identity even as they have become one of America's most successful ethnic groups.
As the authors rightly note, the true measure of Greek-Americans is the immigrants themselves who came to America without knowing the language and without education. They raised solid families in the new country and shouldered responsibilities for those in the old. They laid the basis for an enduring Greek-American community.
Included in this completely revised edition is an introduction by Michael Dukakis and chapters relating to the early struggles of Greeks in America, the Greek Orthodox Church, success in America, and the survival and expansion of Greek identity despite intermarriage. This work will be of value to scholars of ethnic studies, those interested in Greek culture and communities, and sociologists and historians.
List of Illustrations
Foreword by Michael Dukakis
Preface to the Third Edition by Peter C. Moskos
Preface to the Second Edition by Charles C. Moskos
1 Early Struggles: The Greek Comes to America
2 From Brawn to Brains
3 The Greek Orthodox Church in the New Secular World
4 Greek American Ideology and Politics
5 Success in America
6 Maintaining a Greek American Identity—Present and Future
Afterword: Becoming Greek American: A Family and Personal Memoir by Peter C. Moskos