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Becoming old stock : the paradox of German-American identity / Russell A. Kazal

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Kazal, Russell A. (Russell Andrew)
Publication Info.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.


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Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-370) and index.
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.
"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 first in-depth exploration of that question. The book describes how German Philadelphians reinvented themselves in the early twentieth century, especially after World War I brought a nationwide anti-German backlash."
"Using quantitative methods, oral history, and a cultural analysis of written sources, the book explores how, by the 1920s, many middle-class and Lutheran residents had redefined themselves in "old-stock" terms - as "American" in opposition to southeastern European "new immigrants." It also examines working-class and Catholic Germans, who came to share a common identity with other European immigrants, but not with newly arrived black Southerners."
"Becoming Old Stock sheds light on the way German Americans used race, American nationalism, and mass culture to fashion new identities in place of ethnic ones. It is also an important contribution to the growing literature on racial identity among European Americans. In tracing the fate of one of America's largest ethnic groups, Becoming Old Stock challenges historians to rethink the phenomenon of ethnic assimilation and to explore its complex relationship to American pluralism."--Jacket
Print version record.
Local Note
Philadelphia PA
German Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Ethnic identity.
German Americans -- Cultural assimilation -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
White people -- Race identity -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
German Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Immigrants -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Social classes -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 20th century.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Race relations.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Ethnicity -- United States -- Case studies.
Cultural pluralism -- United States -- Case studies.
Américains d'origine allemande -- Identité ethnique -- Pennsylvanie -- Philadelphie.
Américains d'origine allemande -- Acculturation -- Pennsylvanie -- Philadelphie.
Américains d'origine allemande -- Pennsylvanie -- Philadelphie -- Conditions sociales -- 20e siècle.
Classes sociales -- Pennsylvanie -- Philadelphie -- Histoire -- 20e siècle.
Ethnicité -- États-Unis -- Études de cas.
Diversité culturelle -- États-Unis -- Études de cas.
HISTORY -- United States -- General.
Cultural pluralism. (OCoLC)fst01715991
Ethnicity. (OCoLC)fst00916034
German Americans -- Cultural assimilation. (OCoLC)fst00941319
German Americans -- Ethnic identity. (OCoLC)fst00941324
German Americans -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst00941339
Immigrants -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst00967782
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Social classes. (OCoLC)fst01122346
Social conditions (OCoLC)fst01919811
White people -- Race identity. (OCoLC)fst01174825
Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia. (OCoLC)fst01204170
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Ethnische Identität
Soziale Situation
Philadelphia, Pa.
Etnisch bewustzijn.
Assimilatie (sociologie)
Américains d'origine allemande -- États-Unis -- Pennsylvanie (États-Unis) -- Identité collective.
Américains d'origine allemande -- États-Unis -- Pennsylvanie (États-Unis) -- Conditions sociales -- 20e siècle.
Tyskar -- historia -- Förenta staterna -- Philadelphia -- 1900-talet.
Chronological Term
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form:
Print version: Kazal, Russell A. (Russell Andrew). Becoming old stock. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004 0691050155 (DLC) 2003056331 (OCoLC)52509620
9780691223674 (electronic bk.)
069122367X (electronic bk.)