A Nation of Peoples
A Sourcebook on America's Multicultural Heritage
by Elliott Robert Barkan, ed.
May 1999, 600pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-29961-2
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Using the latest available materials, expert contributors explore the principal racial, religious, and ethnic groups of the United States.

The debate over America’s multiculturalism has been intense for nearly three decades, dividing opponents into those insisting on such recognition and those fearing that such a formal acknowledgment will undermine the civic bonds created by a heterogeneous nation. Facts have often been the victim in this dispute, and few works have successfully attempted to present the broad spectrum of America’s ethnic groups in a format that is readable, current, and authoritative. The chapters in this reference book demonstrate that America has been far more than a nation of immigrants; it has been a nation of peoples—of virtually all races, religions, and nationalities—inclusive of indigenous natives and peoples long present as well as myriad immigrant and refugee groups. Not all groups have equally found America to be a land of opportunity, and the successes of some groups have come at the expense of others. To understand the American experience, the reader must not just study the story of immigrants living on the East Coast, but also the history of those living in the South, Southwest, West, and even Alaska and Hawaii.

As a reference book, this volume provides thorough coverage of more than two dozen racial, ethnic, and religious groups in the United States. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor and overviews the experiences of one group or a cluster of related groups. The chapters are arranged alphabetically and cover groups such as African Americans, American Indians, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Mexicans, Mormons, and Puerto Ricans. To the extent possible, each chapter discusses the initial arrival of the group in America; the adaptation of the first generation of immigrants; the economic, political, and cultural integration of the group; and the status of the group in contemporary American society. Each chapter closes with a bibliographical essay, and the volume concludes with a review of the most important general works on America’s multicultural heritage.


...the depth and analysis here is superb. Older students, professors, sociologists, historians, and people interested in their own and others' heritage will find this book fascinating. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.—Library Journal, 00/00/00

The essays are well written, informative, packed with detail, and interesting....As a broad overview with up-to-date coverage of statistical data, comtemporary events and bibliography, ^IA Nation of Peoples^R is excellent.—Reference & User Services Quarterly, 00/00/00

[This] is a required source for coverage of the past 20 years in American ethnic history. Barkan, the editor of this much needed, up-to-date volume, is well qualified...[and] has gathered an oustanding list of contributors.... This work is highly recommended for public and college libraries.—Multicultural Review, 00/00/00

...an up-to-date reference work that provides succint, thoughtful, and well-organized overviews of America's major ethnic groups....The essays are packed full of information and important demographic data....they are all clearly written. ^IA Nation of Peoples^R is, in sum, an excellent reference work that will be useful to students and to scholars as well.—Journal of American Ethnic History, 00/00/00

...this is a well-concieved, carefully constructed, and quite useful book.—ARBA, 00/00/00
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