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An historical chronicle of New York City with emphasis on the immigrants' contributions to the city and on the city's positive/negative return to the immigrant
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This spirited history of the Big Apple, from the mid-1800s on, concentrates on its ethnic diversity, viewing the city not as a proverbial melting pot but as a caldron in which successive waves of immigrants fail to fully blend. The struggles of newcomers with natives (and with one another), notes Newsday editor Bookbinder, formed the city of today. Included are chapters on neighborhoods, especially the Lower East Side, first home to many immigrant groups; politics, notably the rise and fall of Tammany Hall; business and industry, which exploited so many yet also provided economic opportunity; the school system, a principal force for Americanization; and pop culture. In addition to a fact-filled text, this handsome volume offers some 200 photos, a bonanza for the Gothamophile.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Journalist Bookbinder presents a social history of New York City through a look at the immigrant groups that have shaped its culture and institutions. In separate chapters on New Yorkers at home, at work, at school, at play, and in politics, Bookbinder traces the acculturation of each ethnic group and its contribution to the city. Amply illustrated with period photographs, this book is a good revisionist capsule history of New York. Bookbinder relies heavily on unfootnoted secondary sources listed by chapter in the bibliography. While he presents no new insights, his viewpoint matches that taught in current graduate history classes. Recommmended for public libraries.
-Susan Hamburger, Virginia State Lib. & Archives, Richmond
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Harry N Abrams, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0810913836
Book Description Abrams, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1989. Hardcovers. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Shrink wrapped as issued, a mint condition copy. Seller Inventory # 23733
Book Description Harry N Abrams Inc, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0810913836