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American Identities : An Introductory Textbook - Lois P. Rudnick

American Identities

An Introductory Textbook

By: Lois P. Rudnick (Editor), Judith E. Smith (Editor), Rachel Lee Rubin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2005
ISBN: 9780631234326
Number Of Pages: 384

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American Identities is a dazzling array of primary documents and critical essays culled from American history, literature, memoir, and popular culture that explore major currents and trends in American history from 1945 to the present. The textbook charts the rich multiplicity of American identities as refracted through the different lenses of race, class, and gender, and shaped by common historical social processes such as migration, families, work, and war. Rather than simply teaching history, American Identities actively engages students in the history-making process while developing the skills crucial to interpreting meaningful and enduring cultural texts. Substantial editorial matter and the accompanying instructor's guide provide resources for classroom use and for student projects, including: Headnotes and study guide questions for each reading Exercises for individual and group reading and viewing Time-lines Interview questions Bibliographies to guide students into becoming readers of American culture and historians of their families.

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?This unique collection has what students (and their teachers) will find absorbing, provocative, and useful in that perennial quest to locate ourselves in a world we may not have made but that we can understand and change.? Paul Lauter, Trinity College

Alternative Contents by Genre x

Preface: How to Use This Book xiii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction 1


Understanding Identity

1 Identities and Social Locations: Who Am I? Who Are My People? 8
Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey

American Families in Historical Perspective

2 What We Really Miss About the 1950s 17
Stephanie Coontz

Memory and Community

3 Generational Memory in an American Town 29
John Bodnar

4 Growing Up Asian in America 39
Kesaya E. Noda


World War II and American Families

5 War Babies 48
Maria Fleming Tymoczko

6 From Citizen 13660 56
Mine´ Okubo

The Cold War and Domestic Politics

7 Containment at Home: Cold War, Warm Hearth 65
Elaine Tyler May

8 The Problem That Has No Name 71
Betty Friedan

9 The Civil Rights Revolution, 1945–1960 78
William H. Chafe

10 From Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life 84
Alice Childress

Family Migrations, Urban and Suburban

11 Songs of the Chicago Blues 90

12 Halfway to Dick and Jane: A Puerto Rican Pilgrimage 93
Jack Agueros

13 From Goodbye, Columbus 103
Philip Roth


The Civil Rights Movement

14 Letter from Birmingham City Jail 114
Martin Luther King, Jr.

15 Message to the Grass Roots 119
Malcolm X

16 Songs of the Civil Rights Movement 126

Student Activism

17 Port Huron Statement 130

Students for a Democratic Society

18 The Port Huron Statement at 40 134
Tom Hayden and Richard Flacks

The Vietnam War

19 From Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam 138
Christian G. Appy

20 From Born on the Fourth of July 143
Ron Kovic

21 From Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans 150
Richard J. Ford III

Black and Puerto Rican Power

22 Black Power: Its Need and Substance 158
Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton

23 ‘‘Respect’’ 166
Aretha Franklin

24 ‘‘Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)’’ 168
James Brown

25 13-Point Program and Platform 170
Young Lords Party

Women’s Lives, Women’s Rights

26 Sources of the Second Wave: The Rebirth of Feminism 174
Sara M. Evans

27 NOW Bill of Rights 185
National Organization for Women

28 The Liberation of Black Women 187
Pauli Murray

29 Jessie Lopez De La Cruz: The Battle for Farmworkers’ Rights 192
Ellen Cantarow

The American Indian Movement

30 This Country Was a Lot Better Off When the Indians Were Running It 203
Vine Deloria, Jr.

The Occupation of Alcatraz Island 208
Indians of All Tribes

The Gay Liberation Movement

31 Gay Liberation 212
John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman

32 The Fighting Irishman 218
A. Damien Martin

33 The Drag Queen 226
Rey ‘‘Sylvia Lee’’ Rivera

The New American Right

34 From Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right 233
Lisa McGirr


Deindustrializing America

35 From The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America 242
Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone

36 From ‘‘It Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad You’re Alive’’: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen 249
Eric Alterman

37 A Musical Representation of Work in Postindustrial America 254

38 Class in America: Myths and Realities (2000) 264
Gregory Mantsios

Marriage and Family: Modern and Postmodern

39 From Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood 272
Kristin Luker

40 The Making and Unmaking of Modern Families 281
Judith Stacey

Multicultural America

41 From Jasmine 290
Bharati Mukherjee

42 Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural 300
Claudine Chiawei O’Hearn

43 From The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems 305
Sherman Alexie

The United States as Borderlands

44 Through a Glass Darkly: Toward the Twenty-first Century 309
Ronald Takaki

45 ‘‘To live in the Borderlands means you’’ 316
Gloria Anzaldua

46 From No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies 318
Naomi Klein


47 Brave New World: Gray Boys, Funky Aztecs, and Honorary Homegirls 328
Lynell George

48 From The Future of Us All 335
Roger Sanjek

49 The Society That Unions Can Build 348
David Reynolds

Text and Illustration Credits 359

Index 364

ISBN: 9780631234326
ISBN-10: 0631234322
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.26 x 17.04  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1