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Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities
by Mary C. Waters
Harvard University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-674-00067-4 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04494-4 | Paper: 978-0-674-00724-6
Library of Congress Classification E184.W54W38 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.8969729073

The story of West Indian immigrants to the United States is generally considered to be a great success. Mary Waters, however, tells a very different story. She finds that the values that gain first-generation immigrants initial success--a willingness to work hard, a lack of attention to racism, a desire for education, an incentive to save--are undermined by the realities of life and race relations in the United States. Contrary to long-held beliefs, Waters finds, those who resist Americanization are most likely to succeed economically, especially in the second generation.
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