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Race and Immigration in the United States

New Histories, 1st Edition

By Paul Spickard


312 pages

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Race and Immigration in the United States is a collection of the very best of the new generation of scholarship in the field of immigration history. The traditional Ellis Island model of immigrant assimilation is no longer adequate to understand American history. A more subtle model is needed – one which does not exclude peoples of color from view, nor treat the experiences of European immigrants as a template for the experiences of non-white migrants. In this important collection, Paul Spickard draws together essays that illuminate the crucial differences that race makes in the study of American history.

Bringing the insight of ethnic studies scholarship into the history of immigration, Race and Immigration in the United States is an essential collection for anyone studying ethnicity and immigration in American history.


"Paul Spickard's Race and Immigration in the United States is essential reading for scholars and students engaged in the important questions of immigration, race, and American identity. Taken together, the essays take aim at cherished myths and long-held historical interpretations and begin to redefine United States history."

Andrew Kersten, Professor of U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

"The strength of Race and Immigration in the United States is editor Spickard’s judicious selection of essays. The authors assembled here are leading scholars and theorists of (im)migration to the United States whose various re-conceptualizations of the standard ‘Ellis Island’ paradigm have re-invigorated the field of American immigration history in the past decade. Brought together here, they offer a fresh approach to the subject for students and scholars thinking about the American past in the twenty-first century."

Patrick Ettinger, Associate Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento

"Paul Spickard has compiled this exceptional collection of previously published articles concerning aspects of immigration issues from the colonial period to the present era. … This collection of essays is quite provocative, enriched by impressive endnotes and bibliographies, and opening many lines of communication and unified action with parallels past and present."

The Journal of American History

Table of Contents

Introduction: Immigration and Race in United States History 1. Race, Nation, and Culture in Recent Immigration Studies George J. Sanchez 2. Is Everywhere Nowhere? Nomads, Nations, and the Immigrant Paradigm of United States History Donna R. Gabaccia 3. How the Indians Got to Be Red Nancy Shoemaker 4. Muslims in Early America Michael A. Gomez 5. "A Distinct and Antagonistic Race": Constructions of Chinese Manhood in the Exclusionist Debates, 1869-1878 Karen A. Leong 6. Becoming Caucasian: Vicissitudes of Whiteness in American Politics and Culture Matthew Frye Jacobson 7. Encountering the Color Line in the Everyday: Italians in Interwar Chicago Thomas A. Guglielmo 8. Crossing Boundaries, Claiming a Homeland: The Mexican Chinese Transpacific Journey to Becoming Mexican, 1930s-1960s Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho 9. The Foreignness of Germs: The Persistent Association of Immigrants and Disease in American Society Howard Markel and Alexandra Minna Stern 10. "Looking Like a Lesbian": The Organization of Sexual Monitoring at the United States-Mexican Border Eithne Luibheid 11. Migration, Emergent Ethnicity, and the "Third Space": The Shifting Politics of Nationalism in Greater Mexico David G. Guttiérez

About the Author

Paul Spickard is Professor of twentieth Century American Social and Cultural History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity (Routledge).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General