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Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity

Edited by Ronald H. Bayor

Publication Date - 15 January 2021

ISBN: 9780197529911

560 pages
6.69 x 9.61 inches

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The Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity brings together thirty leading scholars to make sense of all the themes, methodologies, and trends that characterize the debate on American immigration.


Scholarship on immigration to America is a coin with two sides: it asks both how America changed immigrants, and how they changed America. Were the immigrants uprooted from their ancestral homes, leaving everything behind, or were they transplanted, bringing many aspects of their culture with them? Although historians agree with the transplantation concept, the notion of the melting pot, which suggests a complete loss of the immigrant culture, persists in the public mind. The Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity bridges this gap and offers a comprehensive and nuanced survey of American racial and ethnic development, assessing the current status of historical research and simultaneously setting the goals for future investigation.
Early immigration historians focused on the European migration model, and the ethnic appeal of politicians such as Fiorello La Guardia and James Michael Curley in cities with strong ethno-political histories like New York and Boston. But the story of American ethnicity goes far beyond Ellis Island. Only after the 1965 Immigration Act and the increasing influx of non-Caucasian immigrants, scholars turned more fully to the study of African, Asian
and Latino migrants to America.
This Handbook brings together thirty eminent scholars to describe the themes, methodologies, and trends that characterize the history and current debates on American immigration. The Handbook's trenchant chapters provide compelling analyses of cutting-edge issues including identity, whiteness, borders and undocumented migration, immigration legislation, intermarriage, assimilation, bilingualism, new American religions, ethnicity-related crime, and pan-ethnic trends. They also explore the myth of "model minorities" and the contemporary resurgence of anti-immigrant feelings. A unique contribution to the field of immigration studies, this volume considers the full racial and ethnic unfolding of the United States in its historical context.


  • First comprehensive account of American immigration
  • Encompasses essays from history, sociology, political science, and linguistics, focusing on cutting-edge issues, such as identity, undocumented migration, assimilation, bilingualism, new American religions, and intermarriage
  • Provides an assessment of the field and suggestions for further research

About the Author(s)

Ronald H. Bayor is Emeritus Professor of History at Georgia Tech, a former president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and founding editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History. His most recent book is Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America.

Table of Contents


    List of Contributors

    Introduction: The Making of America
    Ronald H. Bayor

    Chapter 1. The Impact of Immigration Legislation: 1875 to the Present
    David M. Reimers

    Chapter 2. European Migrations
    Dirk Hoerder

    Chapter 3. Asian Immigration
    Madeline Y. Hsu

    Chapter 4. Latino Immigration
    María Cristina García

    Chapter 5. African American Migration from the Colonial Era to the Present
    Joe W. Trotter

    Chapter 6. Emancipation and Exploitation in Immigrant Women's Lives
    Donna R. Gabaccia

    Chapter 7. Protecting America's Borders and the Undocumented Immigrant Dilemma
    David G. Gutierrez

    Chapter 8. Acceptance, Rejection,and America's Split Personality
    Gary Gerstle

    Chapter 9. Race and Citizenship
    Gregory T. Carter

    Chapter 10. Concepts of Ethnic/Racial Identity and Assimilation in the United States
    Richard Alba

    Chapter 11. Whiteness and Race
    David R. Roediger

    Chapter 12. Race and U.S. Panethnic Formation
    Yen Le Espiritu

    Chapter 13. Intermarriage and the Creation of a New American
    Allison Varzally

    Chapter 14. Immigration, Medical Regulation, and Eugenics
    Wendy Kline

    Chapter 15. The World of the Immigrant Worker
    James R. Barrett

    Chapter 16. Neighborhoods, Immigrants, and Ethnic Americans
    Amanda I. Seligman

    Chapter 17. Machine Bosses, Reformers, and the Politics of Ethnic Minority Incorporation
    Steven P. Erie and Vladimir Kogan

    Chapter 18. Immigration, Ethnicity, Race and Organized Crime
    Will Cooley

    Chapter 19. The Myth of Ethnic Success: Old Wine in New Bottles
    Stephen Steinberg

    Chapter 20. Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in the South, 1980-2010
    Mary E. Odem

    Chapter 21. Allegiance, Dual Citizenship, and the Ethnic Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy
    David Brundage

    Chapter 22. Historians and Sociologists Debate Transnationalism
    Peter Kivisto

    Chapter 23. Written Forms of Communication from Immigrant Letters to Instant Messaging
    Suzanne M. Sinke

    Chapter 24. Ethnicity, Race, and Religion beyond Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Whites
    R. Stephen Warner

    Chapter 25. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in American Film
    Steven Alan Carr

    Chapter 26. Language Retention/Language Shift, "English Only," and Multilingualism in teh Unites States
    Joshua A. Fishman

    Chapter 27. Melting Pots, Salad Bowls, Ethnic Museums, and American Identity
    Steven Conn

    Chapter 28. New Approaches in the Teaching of Immigration and Ethnic History in the United States
    John J. Bukowczyk