America's Banquet of Cultures

Harnessing Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration in the Twenty-First Century

by Ronald Fernandez

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Abortion in the United States

June 2000


Pages 280
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Race and Ethnicity/General

The melting pot is a myth, according to Fernandez, who shows that the United States is and always has been a banquet of cultures. As he argues, the best way to deal with the more than 20 million new immigrants since 1965 is to accept, recognize, and eagerly explore the differences among the American people.

Fernandez seeks to forge a positive national consensus based on two building blocks. First, the nation's many ethnic groups can be a powerful source of unprecedented economic, artistic, and scientific creativity. Secondly, the nation's many ethnic groups offer a way to erase the black/white dichotomy which, masks the shared injustices of millions of European, Asian, African, Native, and Latino Americans. This is a provocative analysis of how we arrived at our current ethnic and racial dilemmas and what can be done to move beyond them. Scholars and students of American immigration and social policy as well as concerned citizens will find the book equally rewarding.

Table of Contents

Preface: Four All-Americans
Immigrants, Serfs and Refugees: Who are They? Where Did They Come From?
Old Blood, New Blood, Weak Blood: The Nature of U.S. Immigration Laws
Empires and Serfs: Migrant Labor in the United States
Refugees and Other Aliens
What Shall We Do with Our America?
How Is Society Possible?
Changing Colors
Ethnic Extremes
Social Class and Social Conflict
Where Do We Go From Here?
Compare and Contrast: Great Britain, Israel, India, and the United States
The Twenty-first Century

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