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White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945

Thomas A. Guglielmo

Immigrating to the United States, Italians, like all others arriving on America's shores, were made to fill out a standardized immigration form. In the box for race, they faced two choices: North Italian or South Italian. On the line requesting... (read more)

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The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City

James R Barrett

The newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, this innovative and fascinating work chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the streets, saloons, and churches of the nation's cities during the... (read more)

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Run Baby Run

Nicky Cruz

This is the thrilling story of Nicky Cruz's desperate battle against drugs, alcoholism, and a violent environment, as he searched for a better way of life on the streets of New York City.... (read more)

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The Devil's Highway: A True Story

Luis Alberto Urrea

"In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil's Highway. Fathers and sons, brothers and strangers, entered a desert so harsh and... (read more)

Asian American
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Japanese Americans: The Formation and Transformations of an Ethnic Group

Paul R. Spickard

Since 1855, nearly a half a million Japanese immigrants have settled in the United States, the majority arriving between 1890 and 1924 during the great wave of immigration to Hawai'i and the mainland. Today, more than one million Americans claim Japanese... (read more)

Hispanic American Studies
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Quixote's Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981

David Montejano

In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south sides were characterized by substandard housing and experienced seasonal flooding... (read more)

European American
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Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

James H Webb

In his first work of nonfiction, bestselling novelist Webb tells the epic story of the Scots-Irish, a people whose lives and world view were dictated by resistance, conflict, and struggle, and who, in turn, profoundly influenced the social, political... (read more)

Chinese American
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The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West

Christopher Corbett

When Gold Rush fever gripped the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese came through San Francisco to seek fortune. In The Poker Bride, Christopher Corbett uses a legend of one extraordinary woman as a lens into this experience. Before 1849, the Chinese in... (read more)

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