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ISBN-13: 978-0231078795 ISBN-10: 023107879X

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In this general ethnic and racial history of the major U.S. immigrant gateway, New York City, two historians offer a competent overview focusing on "the public sphere and patterns of settlement," not such things as family life. The first Dutch settlers, the authors note, bequeathed a vital tradition of "broad toleration." The first immigrant wave, beginning in the 1790s, was spurred by domestic industrialization and by farm failures in Europe; the authors focus here on the Irish-poor and disdained-and the more prosperous Germans. Southern and Eastern Europe fueled the post-1880 immigrant influx; Binder and Reimers look at the Jews, who prospered more via commerce than by education, and the close-knit Italians. The authors then survey the changing roles of institutions such as government and labor unions during the Depression to observe how new opportunities, combined with progressive legislation, improved the lives of immigrants after WWII. Since 1970, New York City's influx of immigrants now comes from non-European countries. Despite the ensuing racial and ethnic tensions, the authors conclude-a bit cursorily-the city can still forge ahead. Both are professors of history, Binder at the College of Staten Island, Reimers at New York University.
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For New York City's legacy as the symbol of America's immigrant heritage to last, New Yorkers have to learn about themselves, in order to help themselves integrate harmoniously. The authors are right to say: "Those who truly love this great city believe that its future should and can be no less than its past."

(The Village Voice)

Frederick Binder and David Reimers' wonderful new ethnic history of New York City... [is] an excellent work of synthesis, helping us to see familiar history in a new and instructive way, as well as a joy to read. The authors are particularly persuasive in making the case that New York's multiethnic present is essentially continuous with its past...As our country seeks new way to balance diveristy and equality, one wonders if this history might not provide some practical lessongs for the nation as a whole."

(Newsday)

Despite the fact that New York (nee New Amsterdam) has long been on of the most racially and culturally heterogeneous cities in the world, few have tried to encompass this reality in a single study. For this reason and for many others relating to the narrative itself, this work is unique. It is a comprehensive, informative, and analytic survey--and a good read, too.

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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia History of Urban Life
  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023107879X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231078795
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookdude on August 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
In this extremely well-researched book, Reimers and Binder attempt a task of Herculean difficulty: condensing over three centuries of New York City's immigration history into a 330 page book. Despite the inevitable shortcomings, their work puts forth a cohesive synthesis of the immigrant struggle in a bustling metropolis. Beginning with the Dutch settlements of the 1620's and ending with a general commentary on the state of NYC immigration in the present, the authors chronicle a tale of general stability in the face of internal fluctuation. Reading this book, one can't help but remember the old adage--the more things change, the more they stay the same--and the description fits the story of NYC immigration perfectly. Cyclical in nature, the history of New York's immigration is one of hard labor, (geographic)displacement of a previous immigrant group and a general assimilation of culture--usually in that order. Professors Reimers and Binder show us that although the face of New York City immigration may periodically change, the immigrant struggles and reality of urban life never do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodog63jr on October 14, 2002
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I read this book as part of a graduate course on the history of New York City atLong Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y. This book tries to include brief and factual history of all of N.Y.'s immigrant groups. It also covers the various waves of immigration. A good book for a multicultural perspective on New York City.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pindash on March 4, 2011
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This is such a great history of New York, it has both a very wide scope as well some depth. And it Reads Really Well. This is not your average borring cultural history that just lists facts there is a story here.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shay on March 24, 2013
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This was a great deal because I expected it to be well used when I received it but then it was gently used and almost like New when I bought it and the other prices for new books were extremely higher than this price.
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