A Different Mirror A History of Multicultural America

Edition: Revised
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Pub. Date: 2008-12-08
Publisher(s): LB BACKBAY
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Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States--Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others--groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture. Now, Ronald Takaki has revised his landmark work and made it even more relevant and important. Among the new additions to the book are: --The role of black soldiers in preserving the Union --The history of Chinese Americans from 1900-1941 --An investigation into the hot-button issue of "illegal" immigrants from Mexico --A look at the sudden visibility of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan. This new edition of A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.

Author Biography

Ronald Takaki designed and led the Ethnic Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkley until his retirement in 2004. He is the author of six books, including Strangers from a Different Shore. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

A Different Mirror: The Making of Multicultural Americap. 3
Before Columbus: Vinlandp. 23
The "Tempest" in the Wilderness: A Tale of Two Frontiersp. 26
Shakespeare's Dream About Americap. 27
English Over Irishp. 28
English Over Indianp. 30
Virginia: To "Root Out" Indians as a Peoplep. 34
New England: The "Utter Extirpation" of Indiansp. 37
Stolen Lands: A World Turned "Upside Down"p. 44
The Hidden Origins of Slaveryp. 49
A View from the Cabins: Black and White Togetherp. 51
"English and Negroes in Armes": Bacon's Rebellionp. 57
"White Over Black"p. 62
The Rise of the Cotton Kingdomp. 75
Toward "the Stony Mountains": From Removal to Reservationp. 79
Andrew Jackson: "To...Tread on the Graves of Extinct Nations"p. 79
The Embittered Human Heart: The Choctawsp. 83
"The Trail of Tears": The Cherokeesp. 87
"American Progress": "Civilization" Over "Savagery"p. 91
"No More Peck o' Corn": Slavery and Its Discontentsp. 98
"North of Slavery"p. 99
Was "Sambo" Real?p. 102
Frederick Douglass: Son of His Masterp. 113
Martin Delany: Father of Black Nationalismp. 118
"Tell Linkum Dat We Wants Land"p. 122
Fleeing "the Tyrant's Heel": "Exiles" from Irelandp. 131
Behind the Emigration: "John Bull Must Have the Beef"p. 132
An "Immortal Irish Brigade" of Workersp. 137
Irish "Maids" and "Factory Girls"p. 145
"Green Power": The Irish "Ethnic" Strategyp. 151
"Foreigners in Their Native Land": The War Against Mexicop. 155
"We Must Be Conquerors or We Are Robbers"p. 155
Anglo Over Mexicanp. 164
Searching for Gold Mountain: Strangers from a Different Shorep. 177
Pioneers from Asiap. 178
Twice a Minority: Chinese Women in Americap. 191
A Colony of "Bachelors"p. 195
A Sudden Change in Fortune: The San Francisco Earthquakep. 200
"Caught in Between": Chinese Born in Americap. 203
The End of the Frontier: The Emergence of an American Empirep. 209
The "Indian Question": From Reservation to Reorganizationp. 214
The Massacre at Wounded Kneep. 214
Where the Buffalo No Longer Roamp. 216
Allotment and Assimilationp. 220
The Indian "New Deal": What Kind of a "Deal" Was It?p. 225
Pacific Crossings: From Japan to the Land of "Money Trees"p. 232
Picture Brides in Americap. 233
Tears in the Canefieldsp. 237
Transforming California: From Deserts to Farmsp. 252
The Nisei: Americans by Birthp. 259
The Exodus from Russia: Pushed by Pogromsp. 262
A Shtetl in Americap. 267
In the Sweatshops: An Army of Garment Workersp. 271
Daughters of the Colonyp. 275
Up from "Greenhorns": Crossing Delancey Streetp. 280
El Norte: Up from Mexicop. 292
Sprinkling the Fields with the Sweat of Their Browsp. 295
Tortillas and Rotis: Mixed Marriagesp. 300
On the Other Side of the Tracksp. 302
The Barrio: A Mexican-American Worldp. 307
To "the Land of Hope": Blacks in the Urban Northp. 311
"The Wind Said North"p. 312
The Crucible of the Cityp. 318
Black Pride in Harlemp. 325
"But a Few Pegs to Fall": The Great Depressionp. 332
The Problem of the Color Linesp. 339
World War II: American Dilemmasp. 341
Japanese Americans: "A Tremendous Hole" in the Constitutionp. 342
African Americans: "Bomb the Color Line"p. 350
Chinese Americans: To "Silence the Distorted Japanese Propaganda"p. 359
Mexican Americans: Up from the Barriop. 361
Native Americans: "Why Fight the White Man's War?"p. 367
Jewish Americans: A "Deafening Silence"p. 371
A Holocaust Called Hiroshimap. 380
Out of the War: Clamors for Changep. 383
Rising Winds for Social Justicep. 383
Raisins in the Sun: Dreams Deferredp. 396
Asian Americans: A "Model Minority" for Blacks?p. 402
Again, the "Tempest-Tost"p. 405
From a "Teeming Shore": Russia, Ireland, and Chinap. 406
Dragon's Teeth of Fire: Vietnamp. 411
Wars of Terror: Afghanistanp. 418
Beckoned North: Mexicop. 426
"We Will All Be Minorities"p. 434
Author's Note: Epistemology and Epiphanyp. 441
Notesp. 447
Indexp. 519
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