This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans--their history,
strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. Blending
sociological insight with historical detail, Peter C. and Charles
C. Moskos trace the Greek-American experience from the wave of mass
immigration in the early 1900s to today. This is the story of
immigrants, most of whom worked hard to secure middle-class status.
It is also the story of their children and grandchildren, many of
whom maintain an attachment to Greek ethnic identity even as they
have become one of America's most successful ethnic groups.
As the authors rightly note, the true measure of Greek-Americans
is the immigrants themselves who came to America without knowing
the language and without education. They raised solid families in
the new country and shouldered responsibilities for those in the
old. They laid the basis for an enduring Greek-American
Included in this completely revised edition is an introduction
by Michael Dukakis and chapters relating to the early struggles of
Greeks in America, the Greek Orthodox Church, success in America,
and the survival and expansion of Greek identity despite
intermarriage. This work will be of value to scholars of ethnic
studies, those interested in Greek culture and communities, and
sociologists and historians.
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