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Natives and Strangers

A History of Ethnic Americans

Sixth Edition

Leonard Dinnerstein, Roger L. Nichols, and David M. Reimers

Publication Date - October 2014

ISBN: 9780199303410

320 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $84.99

A unique volume exploring various aspects of American minority group history


"Who is an American?" "How does a person who is not an American become one?"

Now in its sixth edition, Natives and Strangers: A History of Ethnic Americans addresses these and many other vital questions. Comprehensive and accessible, this unique volume explores various aspects of American minority group history. Examining the impact that America has had on minority peoples and cultures--and vice versa--authors Leonard Dinnerstein, Roger L. Nichols, and David M. Reimers provide insights into the different conditions, conflicts, and contradictions that members of American minority groups experienced. They integrate the experiences of various racial, religious, and national minorities from around the globe--including American Indians, African Americans, and immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world--explaining how their histories intertwined with the emergence of modern America. The authors conclude with reflections on where the nation stands today as an ethnically and racially diverse society.

New to this Edition

  • Updated coverage throughout to include new facts and interpretation
  • More material on Hispanics
  • Chapters 2 and 3 have been reorganized and combined to refocus on events before the Civil War
  • A rewritten afterword now includes insights into recent events

About the Author(s)

Leonard Dinnerstein is Professor Emeritus at The University of Arizona.

Roger L. Nichols is Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Arizona.

David M. Reimers is Professor Emeritus of History at New York University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2009
February 2003
December 1996

Table of Contents


    1. Colonial Foundations (1600-1780s)
    Coming of the Spanish
    Coming of the English
    Indians and Anglo-Americans
    Attracting Settlers
    Development of Slavery and Racism
    European Minorities
    Colonial Economic and Social Structure
    Minorities and the Revolution

    2. Forging a New Nation (1776-1840s)
    A New Situation
    Indian Relations
    Southern Antislavery Falters
    Free Blacks
    Slavery in the Old South
    New People in an Emerging Nation
    Crisis over Immigration in the 1790s
    National Territorial Growth
    Beyond the Appalachians
    Urban and Industrial Growth
    Renewal of Immigration
    Manifest Destiny

    3. Civil War and Immigration (1840-1880s)
    Settlement patterns
    The Germans and the Irish
    Finding Employment
    Immigrant Life and Society
    The Mining Frontier
    The Chinese
    Animosity Toward Foreigners
    Political Nativism
    The Coming of the Civil War
    Blacks and the Domestic Crisis
    The Mormons
    Postwar Immigration
    The Railroads

    4. Burgeoning Industrialism and a Massive Movement of Peoples (1880s-1930s)
    Industrial Expansion
    Uprooted Peoples
    Immigrant Settlement
    The New European Immigrants
    The Japanese
    The Koreans and Asian Indians
    The Mexicans
    The Filipinos
    Black Migration North

    5. The Process of Adjustment (1880s-1930s)
    Wages and Working Conditions
    The Tenement Districts
    Voluntary Associations
    Black Associations
    Cultural and Recreational Activities
    The Churches and Parochial Education
    Public Education
    Indian Experiences
    The Minority Press
    Maintaining Old World Ties
    Social Mobility

    6. Ethnic Tensions and Conflicts (1880s-1945)
    Pseudoscientific Racism
    Triumph of Jim Crowism
    Treatment of Indians
    Attitudes Toward Asians
    Attitudes Toward Europeans
    Interethnic Conflict
    Religious Bigotry
    World War I
    Immigration Restriction
    Economic Depression and Increased Tensions
    "Concentration Camps U.S.A."

    7. Movement, Mobility, and Cultural Adaptation (1941-2014)
    The Impact of World War II
    Southerners Move North
    Suburbs and the Rise of the Sun Belt and the West
    American Indian Migration
    Renewed European Immigration
    Prosperity and Mobility
    Retaining Ethnic Ties
    Ethnic Groups and Politics

    8. The Struggle for Equality (1945-2014)
    The Deprived Minorities
    Toward civil Rights
    The Movement for Black Power
    The Post-Civil Rights Era
    The Hispanics
    The Asians
    The Indians
    The White Ethnic Groups

    9. A New Global Immigration
    Beyond Europe: The Global Immigrants
    Other Latinos
    New Asian Immigrants
    Middle Easterners
    Other Immigrants from the Caribbean
    New African Immigrants
    Renewed Anxiety over Immigration
    Selected Bibliography