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New York and AmsterdamImmigration and the New Urban Landscape$
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Nancy Foner, Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738092

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738092.001.0001

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Immigration History and the Remaking of New York

Immigration History and the Remaking of New York

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(p.29) 1 Immigration History and the Remaking of New York
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New York and Amsterdam
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Nancy Foner

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814738092.003.0002

This chapter examines how successive waves of migrants have transformed social and political institutions and cultural patterns in New York City. In analyzing these processes, it focuses on a period stretching from the end of the nineteenth century, when the last great wave of immigration began, to the start of the twenty-first century, when the recent large wave is still going strong. It begins with a fundamental question: how the history of immigration to New York City has played a role in creating a relatively welcoming context of reception for today's immigrants. It then examines how institutions that were developed or transformed by Jewish and Italian immigrants and their children in an earlier era continue to serve, and sometimes provide a model for, current newcomers. Next, it considers the public culture and cultural ethos that suffuse New York life and provide a backdrop for those becoming New Yorkers today. It concludes by looking at how the immigration waves of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s—and replenishment of immigrant populations—have changed the context that the very newest arrivals face when they enter New York in the early twenty-first century.

Keywords:   New York City, immigration history, Jewish Immigrants, Italian immigrants, public culture, cultural ethos

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