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Becoming Old Stock: The Paradox of German-American Identity Hardcover – July 26, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0691050157 ISBN-10: 0691050155 Edition: First

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First edition (July 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691050155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691050157
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a richly satisfying book. One puts it down feeling that everything relevant to the subject has been carefully looked into, judiciously considered, and set forth in a calm, clear, and illuminating manner. . . . [The] book gives us much to think about and even more to admire."--Philip Gleason, American Historical Review

"The book has tremendous merits for its sweeping arguments backed up by detailed documentation. . . . [It] makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of early twentieth century German-America, and it enhances our understanding of the relationship between ethnicity, whiteness, and national identity in urban America."--Christiane Harzig, Central European History

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"This is a scholarly work par excellence. Prodigiously researched, cogently argued and extremely well written, the book is a richly detailed case study of the shifts in German-American identity in Philadelphia during the early 20th century. A tour de force."--Marilyn Halter, Boston University

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The book was not easy to locate but I received my order without a hitch. It is a pioneering study on how German immigrant assimilation into the American mainstraim has been quite different, say from the Irish, and now from the Hispanic assimilation. German heritage expression after as many as six generations is uniquely interesting.
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