Some do this better than others. The English view of race developed directly from their perceptions of themselves, from the ideas of their own racial origins, their own ethnocentricity. Our collective history of how we came to be citizens of this great nation is humbling and heartbreaking. His last chapter explaining his own story was gripping to me. Often times I think our American history is Anglo biased, leaving out the rest of us feeling marginalized or not significant enough to warrant more than a paragraph or a chapter at best. Native Americans, Blacks, Jews, Latinx, Irish, Muslim. The problem is that American history is so incredibly more complicated than that and is found in the interplay of all the people who have come to occupy the same space, literally and figuratively, with one another and between one another.
If I were you I would have one month to read it. Ronald Takaki integrates the narratives, Rebecca Stefoff has made it simple for young people to follow, and narrator Fajer Al-Kaisi keeps the information coherent. Well-known occurrences, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the Trail of Tears, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Japanese internment are included. It is a highly readable history of American immigration and ethnic history, of interest to both the scholar and layman. He describes their contributions to America. I just now learned that Chinese and Japanese immigrants were not allowed to become naturalized citizens until 1943? Good grief, what a beautifully written book. This is vitally important, now more than ever, because our country is at such a battleground state right now when it comes to social issues and issues involving minority groups.
I did this for two reason. All books are in clear copy here, and all files are secure so don't worry about it. It has a lot of facts and stats, and I feel like I zoned out quite a bit. I appreciate the effort -- the book can serve as a solid, accessible introduction to the complexity for anyone willing to go there. But with that said, I doubt anyone could do a better job to capture so much, written so eloquently, with a fair and even hand. The first male is my husband, he is a white Caucasian male, who comes from a lower class family. This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden.
Also presented are a personal interview and a chronology of her life by her own account. Perhaps its most famous book is Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. I read through some of the 1 star reviews trying to understand the type of person who hated it. I'll also add to that my personal favorite American Nations. It left me knowing that the story I'd been taught many years earlier was a prideful re-writing of a much more checkered past. Not that the book is soft on racism, but soft on the general population and its general acceptance of discrimination in many forms.
I can't emphasize this enough - I'm all for challenging the status quo and for getting people out of their comfort zones, but I can't believe this is the way to do it. © 1996 - 2019 AbeBooks Inc. It will do you good if you read Moby-Dick by Herman Melville,too. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. A Different Mirror : A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki is a book which provides the readers with perspectives of people who come form different cultures and how they are accepted by the American people but also Ronald Takaki does a good job in taking this events form the past and attaching them to modern day society and how the idea of racism has not disappeared. Instead of being dry and textbook like this book is gripping because it is the stories of real people. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making.
I guess there might still be people out there who have prejudices about minorities and aren't aware that this country has a history of racism and ethni Has an interesting premise, but doesn't quite have the depth I expected. The book does not go so deep into the historical facts and dates, it rather puts forward personal experiences of real people on the historical background. And absolutely necessary for everyone to read, if you give a crap about how we got where we are today. Clearly written and accessible, the book offers an extraordinary view of American history from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to some 2007-2008. And since I don't know of any word to capture that, I had to spell it out so I can clearly contrast it against A Different Mirror. It was not a book I could skim through, as each page had some fresh nugget of new information.
The author concludes with a summary of today's changing economic climate and offers Rodney King's challenge to all of us to try to get along. That said, this collection was well executed and is definitely worth a read. What is the sum effect of talking exclusively about the evils committed by the United States government? The accounts of ethnic minority groups in the U. The pictures in the book are not well organized. Well, maybe not snooty Henrietta, who lets Mimi walk miles in the rain rather than give her a lift.
Although this book is challenging it is also very hope filled. He eluded his pursuers for two months before being captured, tried, and executed. On President Polk's orders, he took the Army into the disputed territory between the Nueces and Rio Grnade Rivers and built a fort on the north bank of the Rio Grande River. There's Paddy, with his flashing eyes and seductive charm. I think he accepts the stories are strong enough on their own that no Hollywood movie magic is required, and would only lessen the effect compared to telling the stories plainly. The Introduction to this edition examines Nesbit's life and her reading, showing the change in childrens' literature from Victorian times. Has an interesting premise, but doesn't quite have the depth I expected.
Students may be surprised by some of the revelations, but will recognize a constant thread of rampant racism. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. I'm not sure if that's because of the author's choices, or because there is simply not enough primary sources available to do this—he does get better the closer he gets to modern times. For the most part Takaki draws heavily from secondary sources and adds little in the way of new scholarship. It mostly consisted of a series of formulaic tales of woe—here is how group X came to America, and how decent and hard-working they were, and how the Anglos mistreated them, and here is how group Y came here, and also worked hard and was decent, and was also mistreated, etc. It was not a book I could skim through, as each page had some fresh nugget of new information.
Some do this better than others. I suspect that some of the apparent rise in white supremacist groups is a reaction to the shrinking white majority. However, It is a book that I will read over and over again. One thing I really do not like about the book and I consider it the only flaw in the book, is the organization of the pictures. Obviously this is the younger edition of Takaki's actual book, but this made it very digestible for 12-13 year old students.