Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic: College Students Explore by Thomas Dublin

By Thomas Dublin

Greater than at any time because the 1920's the problems of immigration and ethnicity became significant to discussions of yank society and id. This booklet addresses this debate, bringing jointly essays written via students, exploring their ethnic roots from the reviews in their forbears to where of ethnicity of their lives.

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The Spanish Jews led a comfortable life in Rhodes mixed among the Turks and the Greeks. My grandmother's family did, however, resent the fact that the Turks never elected any of the Jews to political office. My grandmother felt they had a right to representation. Then, in 1912, the Italian government gained control of Rhodes and treated its people with more respect than the Turks had done. The economy of Rhodes was good for most of the people living there. 46 Rachel Koch My grandmother's family led a middle-class life and enjoyed a good position in society.

The Tyrol family held this land as an independent domain within Austria until the French took it over in 1802. Austria regained it only to have the French retake the land and cede it to Bavaria.

Living among their countrymen resulted in the retention of old customs and values. My greatgrandparents would have assimilated more fully into the American way of life had they had the chance, as most of their children later had, to leave this Slavic-populated region. Directly following their marriage, my grandparents had no choice but to remain in the coal mining community of Madera. During the next eight years, my grandmother bore three children; one in 1915, another in 1917, and a third in 1919.

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