From Immigration to Multiculturality: Assimilation in the U.S
(A bevándorlástól a multikulturalitásig) in spring 2015
, Thu 10:00–11:30
lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-AMED-110
description & set texts
M.A. seminar, 2 hrs/wk, 4 credits
Instructor: Tibor Frank, Ph.D., D.Litt., Professor of History
The seminar discusses the rise of a multicultural society in the U.S. From a nation of immigrants the United States was increasingly willing and able to embrace a new type of society through appreciating the values and contributions of very different societies. This process took several centuries and a lot of conflict, often resulting in bloodshed. Throughout, the seminar takes a special interest in the relationship of culture and ethnicity.
• Changing Patterns of U.S. Immigration Policies
• Affirmative Action
• Fighting for Equality: From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
• Visa Policies in the 20th Century
• The Quota Laws and their Effect on American Society
• Architects of Multiculturalism
• Hyphenated Americans
• Ethnicity and Culture
• Is there an official language in the U.S.?
• Archdeacon, Thomas J. Becoming American. An Ethnic History.
New York: The Free Press, 1983.
• Dinnerstein, Leonard and Reimers, David M. Ethnic Americans. A History of Immigration. Third Edition. New York: HarperCollins, 1988.
• Frank, Tibor: Ethnicity, Propaganda, Myth-Making. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1999.
Frank, Tibor. Double Exile. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009.
Gitlin, Todd. The Twilight of Common Dreams. New York: Metropolitan Books, 1995.
• Glazer, Nathan. We Are All Multiculturalists Now. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.
• Glazer, Nathan and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Beyond the Melting Pot.
Cambridge Mass.: The M.I.T. Press, 1963.
• Greer, Colin, ed. Divided Society. The Ethnic Experience in America. New York: Basic Books, 1974.
• Hacker, Andrew. Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal. New York: Scribner, 1992.
• Lieberson, Stanley and Mary C. Waters. From Many Strands: Ethnic and Racial Groups in Contemporary America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1988.
• Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. Pandaemonium. Ethnicity in International Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
• Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society. New York—London: W. W. Norton, 1992.
• Sowell, Thomas. Ethnic America: A History. New York: BasicBooks, 1981.
requirements & assessment
Mandatory attendance and active participation, oral presentation, research paper of cca 12-15 pages
Attendance and participation 25%, presentation 25%, paper 50%