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Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America

Author: Vivek Bald
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the final years of the nineteenth century, small groups of Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island every summer, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their home villages in Bengal. The American demand for 'Oriental goods' took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey's beach boardwalks into the heart of the segregated South. Two decades later, hundreds of Indian Muslim seamen began jumping ship in New  Read more...
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Named Person: Dādā Amīr Ḥaidar
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vivek Bald
ISBN: 9780674066663 0674066669 9780674067578 0674067576
OCLC Number: 795909452
Description: x, 294 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : lost in migration --
Out of the East and into the South --
Between "Hindoo" and "Negro" --
From ships' holds to factory floors --
The travels and transformations of Amir Haider Khan --
Bengali Harlem --
The life and times of a multiracial community --
Conclusion : lost futures.
Responsibility: Vivek Bald.

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Nineteenth-century Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their villages in Bengal. Demand for "Oriental goods" took these migrants on a curious path, from  Read more...

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Vivek Bald's extraordinary account persuasively places these first Bengali migrants at the heart of our multiracial American experience. A virtuoso act of recovery.--Junot Diaz, author of "The Brief Read more...

 
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