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Beyond the Color Line - New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America (Paperback): Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom Beyond the Color Line - New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America (Paperback)
Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom
R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Twenty-five essays covering a range of areas from religion and immigration to family structure and crime examine America's changing racial and ethnic scene. They clearly show that old civil rights strategies will not solve today's problems and offer a bold new civil rights agenda based on today's realities.

Glimpses of the Harvard Past (Paperback, New Ed): Bernard Bailyn, Donald Fleming, Oscar Handlin, Stephan Thernstrom Glimpses of the Harvard Past (Paperback, New Ed)
Bernard Bailyn, Donald Fleming, Oscar Handlin, Stephan Thernstrom
R735 R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Save R43 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This happy combination of literary essay and exceptionally well-written history, providing insights into a past still important in the twentieth century, will quickly take an honored place on the shelves of Harvardiana. Bernard Bailyn writes on the origins of Harvard and the foundations of Harvard's persistent character, structure, and style of governance, and contributes another chapter on the unhappy ending to the administration of the beloved President Kirkland (x8xo-i8z8), who presided over but could not control a period of profound change. Oscar Handlin describes the shifting relationships and power struggles among faculty, administration, and students over the years ("Making Men of the Boys") and Harvard's evolution from an ingrown community of teachers and students into a large, complex institution with worldwide prestige. Donald Fleming has chapters on the presidency of Charles William Eliot ("the greatest man in the history of Harvard") and the colorful personalities of Harvard (not only "Copey" and Santayana and Charles Eliot Norton, but also "Old Sophy," who kept a pet chicken in his room in Holworthy). Stephan Thernstrom examines the growing diversity of the student body as to finances, geography, religion, and racial background from the eighteenth century to the 1980s. The subjects are of continuing interest not only to members of the Harvard community, who will treasure this memento of Harvard's 350th anniversary, but also to historians of higher education and ordinary readers, who will enjoy the new information, original personalities, and thoughtful perspectives the book offers.

No Excuses - Closing the Racial Gap in Learning (Paperback, 1st Simon & Schuster Paperbacks ed): Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan... No Excuses - Closing the Racial Gap in Learning (Paperback, 1st Simon & Schuster Paperbacks ed)
Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom
R450 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R62 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The racial gap in academic performance between whites and Asians, on the one hand, and Latinos and blacks, on the other hand, is America's most urgent educational problem. It is also the central civil rights issue of our time, say Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom. Unequal skills and knowledge are the main sources of ongoing racial inequality, and racial inequality is America's great unfinished business.

A wide and tragic gap in learning is evident in affluent suburbs as well as inner cities. But great schools are scattered across the country, as described in inspiring detail by the Thernstroms. These schools are putting even the most highly disadvantaged children on the American ladder of economic opportunity.

There are no good excuses for the perpetuation of long-standing inequalities, the Thernstroms argue eloquently. The problem can be solved, but conventional strategies will not work. Fundamental educational reform is needed. Carefully researched, accessibly written, and powerfully persuasive, this book offers both a close analysis of the current landscape and a blueprint for essential and overdue change.

Beyond the Color Line - New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America (Hardcover): Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom Beyond the Color Line - New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America (Hardcover)
Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom
R813 R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Save R82 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Twenty-five essays covering a range of areas from religion and immigration to family structure and crime examine America's changing racial and ethnic scene. They clearly show that old civil rights strategies will not solve today's problems and offer a bold new civil rights agenda based on today's realities.

America in Black and White - One Nation, Indivisible (Paperback, Touchstone ed.): Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail M Thernstrom America in Black and White - One Nation, Indivisible (Paperback, Touchstone ed.)
Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail M Thernstrom
R669 R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Save R101 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a book destined to become a classic, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom present important new information about the positive changes that have been achieved and the measurable improvement in the lives of the majority of African-Americans. Supporting their conclusions with statistics on education, earnings, and housing, they argue that the perception of serious racial divisions in this country is outdated -- and dangerous.

Nineteenth-Century Cities - Essays in the New Urban History (Paperback): Stephan Thernstrom, Richard Sennett Nineteenth-Century Cities - Essays in the New Urban History (Paperback)
Stephan Thernstrom, Richard Sennett
R1,031 Discovery Miles 10 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

14 essays cover cities in United States, Canada, England, France, and Columbia. Contributors include Norman Birnbaum, Stuart Blumin, Michael Frisch, Clyde Griffen, Herbert Gutman, Michael Katz, Peter Knights, Lynn Lees, Anthony Maingot, Joan Scott, Leo Schnore.

The Politics of Community - Migration and Politics in Antebellum Ohio (Hardcover): Kenneth J Winkle The Politics of Community - Migration and Politics in Antebellum Ohio (Hardcover)
Kenneth J Winkle; Series edited by Robert Fogel, Stephan Thernstrom
R1,676 Discovery Miles 16 760 Out of stock

Before the Civil War, millions of migrants streamed westward into and through the Midwest, challenging the stability of the fledgling communities throughout that region. The Politics of Community examines the impact of westward migration on political development and behaviour in Ohio, the most populous midwestern state during the nineteenth century. After 1815, the political participation of wave after wave of migrants posed continual challenges to the stability of the state's political system and especially to the conduct of politics within the communities. As a result, Ohio's politicians, jurists, and voters reassessed many of their basic political assumptions and altered their political institutions and rules to take account of the substantial number of transient voters. Professor Winkle explores the influence of migration on rules of suffrage, conduct of elections, patterns of voting, recruitment of political leaders, and local party organizations, as they all emerged before the Civil War.

The Other Bostonians (Hardcover, Reprint 2014 ed.): Stephan Thernstrom The Other Bostonians (Hardcover, Reprint 2014 ed.)
Stephan Thernstrom
R1,571 Discovery Miles 15 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Beyond the Color Line (Hardcover): Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom Beyond the Color Line (Hardcover)
Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom
R418 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R75 (18%) Out of stock

Twenty-five essays covering a range of areas from religion and immigration to family structure and crime examine America's changing racial and ethnic scene. They clearly show that old civil rights strategies will not solve today's problems and offer a bold new civil rights agenda based on today's realities.

Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (Hardcover, annotated edition): Stephan Thernstrom, Ann Orlov, Oscar Handlin Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Stephan Thernstrom, Ann Orlov, Oscar Handlin
R4,739 R3,859 Discovery Miles 38 590 Save R880 (19%) Out of stock

From Acadians to Zoroastrians-Asians, American Indians, East Indians, West Indians, Europeans, Latin Americans, Afro-Americans, and Mexican Americans-the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups provides the first comprehensive and systematic review of the many peoples of this country. It should excite all Americans about their nation. Informative and entertaining, this volume is an indispensable reference work for home, library and office. It establishes a foundation for the burgeoning field of ethnic studies; it will satisfy and stimulate the popular interest in ancestry and heritage. It is a guide to the history, culture, and distinctive characteristics of the more than 100 ethnic groups who live in the United States. Each ethnic group is described in detail. The origins, history and present situation of the familiar as well as the virtually unknown are presented succinctly and objectively. Not only the immigrants and refugees who came voluntarily but also those already in the New World when the first Europeans arrived, those whose ancestors came involuntarily as slaves, and those who became part of the American population as a result of conquest or purchase and subsequent annexation figure in these pages. The English and the Estonians, the Germans and the Gypsies, the Swedes and the Serbs are interestingly juxtaposed. Even entries about relatively well-known groups offer new material and fresh interpretations. The articles on less well-known groups are the product of intensive research in primary sources; many provide the first scholarly discussion to appear in English. One hundred and twenty American and European contributors have been involved in this effort, writing either on individual groups or on broad themes relating to many. The group entries are at the heart of the book, but it contains, in addition, a series of thematic essays that illuminate the key facets of ethnicity. Some of these are comparative; some philosophical; some historical; others focus on current policy issues or relate ethnicity to major subjects such as education, religion, and literature. American identity and Americanization, immigration policy and experience, and prejudice and discrimination in U.S. history are discussed at length. Several essays probe the complex interplay between assimilation and pluralism-perhaps the central theme in American history-and the complications of race and religion. Numerous cross-references and brief identifications will aid the reader with unfamiliar terms and alternative group names. Eighty-seven maps, especially commissioned, show where different groups have originated. Annotated bibliographies contain suggestions for further reading and research. Appendix I, on methods of estimating the size of groups, leads the reader through a maze of conflicting statistics. Appendix II reproduces, in facsimile, hard-to-locate census and immigration materials, beginning with the first published report on the nativities of the population in 1850.

Poverty and Progress - Social Mobility in a Nineteenth Century City (Paperback, New Ed): Stephan Thernstrom Poverty and Progress - Social Mobility in a Nineteenth Century City (Paperback, New Ed)
Stephan Thernstrom
R718 R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Save R104 (14%) Out of stock

Embedded in the consciousness of Americans throughout much of the country's history has been the American Dream: that every citizen, no matter how humble his beginnings, is free to climb to the top of the social and economic ladder. Poverty and Progress assesses the claims of the American Dream against the actual structure of economic and social opportunities in a typical nineteenth century industrial community-Newburyport, Massachusetts. Here is local history. With the aid of newspapers, census reports, and local tax, school, and savings bank records Stephan Thernstrom constructs a detailed and vivid portrait of working class life in Newburyport from 1850 to 1880, the critical years in which this old New England town was transformed into a booming industrial city. To determine how many self-made men there really were in the community, he traces the career patterns of hundreds of obscure laborers and their sons over this thirty year period, exploring in depth the differing mobility patterns of native-born and Irish immigrant workmen. Out of this analysis emerges the conclusion that opportunities for occupational mobility were distinctly limited. Common laborers and their sons were rarely able to attain middle class status, although many rose from unskilled to semiskilled or skilled occupations. But another kind of mobility was widespread. Men who remained in lowly laboring jobs were often strikingly successful in accumulating savings and purchasing homes and a plot of land. As a result, the working class was more easily integrated into the community; a new basis for social stability was produced which offset the disruptive influences that accompanied the first shock of urbanization and industrialization. Since Newburyport underwent changes common to other American cities, Thernstrom argues, his findings help to illuminate the social history of nineteenth century America and provide a new point of departure for gauging mobility trends in our society today. Correlating the Newburyport evidence with comparable studies of twentieth century cities, he refutes the popular belief that it is now more difficult to rise from the bottom of the social ladder than it was in the idyllic past. The "blocked mobility" theory was proposed by Lloyd Warner in his famous "Yankee City" studies of Newburyport; Thernstrom provides a thorough critique of the "Yankee City" volumes and of the ahistorical style of social research which they embody.

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