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Becoming old stock : the paradox of German-American identity

Author: Russell A Kazal
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More Americans trace their ancestry to Germany than to any other country. Arguably, German Americans form America's largest ethnic group. Yet they have a remarkably low profile today, reflecting a dramatic, twentieth-century retreat from German-American identity. In this age of multiculturalism, why have German Americans gone into ethnic eclipse - and where have they ended up? Becoming Old Stock represents the
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Russell A Kazal
ISBN: 0691050155 9780691050157
OCLC Number: 52509620
Description: xvii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: German Philadelphia : a social portrait --
Two neighborhoods --
The gendered crisis of the Vereinswesen --
Destinations : the ambiguous lure of mass commercial and consumer culture --
Destinations : fractured whiteness, "American" identity, and the "Old stock" opening --
Resisting assimilation : middle-class and working-class approaches --
European war and ethnic mobilization --
Intervention, the anti-German panic, and the fall of public Germanness --
An ethnicity subdued --
Changing neighborhoods--
Middle-class Germans : American identity and the "stock" of "our forefathers" --
Workers and Catholics : toward the "white ethnic" --
Pluralism, nationalism, race, and the fate of German America.
Responsibility: Russell A. Kazal.
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