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Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience
by Alixa Naff
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
eISBN: 978-0-8093-8293-4 | Paper: 978-0-8093-1896-4
Library of Congress Classification E184.S98N26 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.049275691

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A unique study in American immigra­tion and assimilation history that also provides a special view of one of the smaller ethnic groups in American society.


Naff focuses on the pre-World War I pio­neering generation of Arabic-speaking immigrants, the generation that set the patterns for settlement and assimilation. Unlike many immigrants who were drawn to the United States by dreams of industrial jobs or to escape religious or economic persecution, most of these ar­tisans and owners of small, disconnected plots of land came to America to engage in the enterprise of peddling. Most planned to stay two or three years and re­turn to their homelands.




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