By Rebecca Stefoff

ISBN-10: 1609804171

ISBN-13: 9781609804176

A longtime professor of Ethnic experiences on the collage of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki used to be famous as one of many preferable students of yank ethnic heritage and variety. whilst the 1st version of A Different replicate was released in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it "a impressive revisionist background of the US that's more likely to develop into a vintage of multicultural experiences" and named it one of many ten top books of the yr. Now Rebecca Stefoff, who tailored Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's heritage of the USA for more youthful readers, turns the up to date 2008 variation of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into A assorted replicate for Young People.

Drawing on Takaki's massive array of basic assets, and staying real to his personal phrases every time attainable, A Different reflect for children brings ethnic historical past alive during the phrases of individuals, together with children, who recorded their studies in...

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Demography, which is the study of population trends, is declaring: Not all of us came originally from Europe! A third of Americans today trace their ancestry to somewhere other than Europe. In California, blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans have become the majority. Minorities outnumber whites in cities across the country, such as Boston, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Within the lifetime of young people today, people of European descent will become a minority in the United States.

Say who are you that mumbles in the dark? . . . . . . . . , I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars. I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek— The struggle to “let America be America” has been this nation’s epic story. The original inhabitants were joined by people who were pushed from their homelands by poverty and persecution, or pulled to a new land by their dreams. Others came here in chains from Africa, and still others fled as refugees from wars in countries like Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Different as these people were, their work songs told the story of shared experiences. Black laborers sang as they laid railroad ties: Down the railroad, um-huh, Well, raise the iron, um-huh, Raise the iron, um-huh. Irish workers shouted as the sweat on their backs shone in the sun: Then drill, my Paddies, drill– Drill, my heroes, drill, Drill all day, no sugar in your tay [tea] Workin’ on the UP railway. Japanese laborers sang as they fought the changeable weather of the Northwest: A railroad worker– That’s me!

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