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Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States [Paperback]

by Matthew Frye Jacobson, David R. Roediger
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May 21, 2002 0520233425 978-0520233423 First Edition, With a New Foreword by David Roediger
"A scholarly study of the real roots of what Jacobson calls 'America's largely assimilated but ultimately "unmeltable" ethics.' It's a startling point of view for readers who are accustomed to the self-congratulatory myth of America as a beacon of liberty to which the 'huddled masses' of the world look with longing."—Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

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"A critically important step in furthering the discussion of [how] . . . race has interacted with immigrant adjustment and national construction." -- George Sanchez, Journal of American Ethnic History

"A scholarly study of the real roots of what Jacobson calls 'America's largely assimilated but ultimately "unmeltable" ethics'." -- Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"This is one of the most significant studies of immigrant life in a many a year." -- J. D. Sarna, from CHOICE

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"Jacobson's book impressively lives up to its stark and splendid title, which is borrowed from Polish-Jewish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg's capsule description of the bonds uniting people into nations. For the immigrants whom Jacobson considers, nationalist sorrows seemed especially tragic, as they were felt and resisted in exile from the nations whose causes were being championed. Special Sorrows carefully delineates the centrality of Jewish, Polish and Irish supporters in the United States to national liberation movements abroad and, as expertly, details how such movements shaped immigrant life in the United States."—David Roediger, from the Foreword

Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition, With a New Foreword by David Roediger edition (May 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520233425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520233423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Special Sorrows July 24, 2010
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This book focuses on the immigration period around the turn of the last century. The first few chapters on how life in USA chronnicled the emigrants' views; that is, the reasons for emigration and the hope the US policy would support their dreams of creating (Jews) or reclaiming (Irish an Poles) a homeland. This part was somewhat tedious reading because it was too repetitive. The later chapters on the emigrants' reaction to the conflict in Cuba and the Phillipines were fascintating. It revealed the beginnings of empire building and sounded like current mideast policy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Immigration and Social Science Work September 19, 1995
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Format:Hardcover
Jacobson's book is at once a painstaking review of original texts and a highly compelling read, no matter how long ago your family arrived. A must read for professional historians and anyone interested in American Studies and Cultural History
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4.0 out of 5 stars An academic book, but fascinating February 3, 2013
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This is an academic book, but reads pretty well. Very informative for anyone interested in immigration. Like it a lot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the paperback? June 20, 2000
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Format:Hardcover
This marvelous and insightful immigration history represents cultural history at its finest, with brilliant thoughts on the broader issues of homeland, citizenship and national identity alongside detailed investigations of Polish, Irish, and Eastern European settlers. If only this book was published in paperback, so it would be more accessible in the classroom!
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