Almost All Aliens
puts forward a unique reinterpretation of immigration in the history of
the United States. Leaving behind the traditional melting-pot model of
immigrant assimilation, Paul Spickard offers a fresh and provocative reconceptualization
that embraces the multicultural reality of immigration that has always
existed in America. With a far-reaching, authoritative narrative, the
book analyzes the complex relationship between immigration, ethnic identity
and race, slavery, and colonial expansion. Examining not only the lives
of those who crossed the Atlantic, but also those who crossed the Pacific,
the Caribbean, and the North American Borderlands, Almost All Aliens redefines
the definitive history of immigration and identity in the United States
from 1600 until the present.
Aliens is simply stunning. Spickard powerfully connects the study of immigration
to the histories of race, slavery, and the displacement of Native peoples.
In doing so, he revises both immigration history and American history."
All Aliens Paul Spickard again demonstrates that he is one of our most
skillful and innovative interpreters of race and ethnicity in American
life. He challenges most of the assumptions made about the topic since
Crèvecoeur asked his fateful question and provides an exciting
analytic narrative of our immigrant past."
Aliens is a stunning achievement! By combining the insights of the massive
recent literature on immigration, race, and colonialism, Paul Spickard
has produced a masterful new narrative of U.S. immigration history for
the 21st century. Immensely readable and thoroughly provocative, it will
delight students and scholars of immigration alike."