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The Third Edition of Diversity in America offers both a sociohistorical perspective and a sociological analysis to provide insights into U.S. diversity. The author squarely addresses the topics which generate more passionate, invective, and raucous debate than all others in American society today: Is multiculturalism a threat to us? Should immigration be more closely controlled? Are we no longer sufficiently “American” and why? The book answers these questions by using history and sociology to shed light on socially constructed myths about our past, misunderstandings from our present, and anxieties about our future.

New to the Third Edition

Offers a new section in each chapter, “The Larger Context,” which places multiculturalism in a comparative perspective to other developed countries; Examines what constitutes a racial or ethnic group; Includes new chapter-opening photographs that visually illustrate the context of that chapter; Presents expanded commentary in many chapters about the influence of Asian culture in the earlier part of U.S. history and provides expanded discussion about Arabs, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans; Discusses the social constructionist approach as a further understanding about the perception of groups such as Native Americans and racial minorities; Explores how transnationalism affects multiculturalism; Expands the discussion on the PATRIOT Act and its impact on immigrants; Offers maps showing the territorial size of the United States during the eras discussed in Chapters 2 through 6

Intended Audience

This is an ideal supplement for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration History, American Studies, or other courses on diversity.

Diversity in the Industrial Age
Diversity in the industrial age
“Child Coal Miners” by noted photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1908) exemplifies the child labor of the times with this scene from a Gary, West Virginia, mine.

Astounding changes occurred between 1871 and 1920. Railroad track miles tripled from 53,000 in 1870 to 167,000 in 1890, creating an efficient transportation system that welded the nation into a unified, enormous market.1 The spectacular growth of cities dramatically altered the American way of life. Industrialization brought the majority of the labor force into manufacturing, creating thousands of jobs and a labor shortage.

The influx of 26.3 million immigrants in this period filled America's desperate need for labor. Whether they worked in the mines, on railroad construction, or in the factories ...

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