Immigration and Ethnicity: A Guide to Information Sources

Immigration and Ethnicity: A Guide to Information Sources

Immigration and Ethnicity: A Guide to Information Sources

Immigration and Ethnicity: A Guide to Information Sources

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Because of its interdisciplinary nature, this guide should be of value to teachers and students of a wide variety of disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, political science, cultural geography, linguistics, and social studies, at the college, university, and senior high school levels. In addition to containing the most important sources of information on all the major immigrant groups from colonial times to the present, it draws together in the most comprehensive form yet published the most significant literature on the vast subjects of immigration and ethnicity. The volume also contains items dealing with the contemporary debate over immigration restriction in the 1920s and devotes nearly an entire chapter to government documents, committee hearings, and other official publications. It also lists numerous ethnic societies and archival and manuscript depositories, as well as their major holdings and the journals that they sponsor. The guide ought also to be of use to many of the rapidly proliferating ethnic organizations seeking to inform their members about their history and cultural heritage. School systems planning bilingual and multicultural programs will find it extremely helpful in planning course outlines and reading lists. Finally, the renewed interest in ethnic studies that has arisen in the past decade makes this guide a valuable addition for public libraries in any city with an ethnically diverse population.

In compiling this list of sources, we first consulted a variety of standard secondary sources with extensive bibliographic information. These sources included John J. Appel, ed., THE NEW IMMIGRATION; Frank Freidel, HARVARD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY; Roy L. Garis, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTION; Mald wyn Jones , AMERICAN IMMIGRATION; Franklin D. Scott, THE PEOPLING OF AMERICA: PERSPECTIVES ON IMMIGRATION; and numerous special subject bibliographies. In addition we culled all issues of the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, topical journals whose subject area is immigration and ethnicity, and AMERICA; HISTORY AND LIFE. For repositories and societies we consulted the NATIONAL UNION CATALOG OF MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS, GUIDE TO MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, DIRECTORY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND AGENCIES, and ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ASSOCIATIONS, plus more specialized regional and subject listings. From these major sources and others we compiled approximately 3,500 potential entries, and read and annotated more than 1,800 books, articles, dissertations, and government documents. The number and variety of fictional . . .

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