Almost All Aliens
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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.

"Placing race at the center of his story, Spickard offers an important corrective to dominant immigrant narratives about European huddled masses and bountiful golden doors. As immigration debates rage, Almost All Aliens provides vital historical perspective."
– Thomas A. Guglielmo, Assistant Professor, American Studies Department, George Washington University

"Almost All 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."
– Erika Lee, author of At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943

"With Almost 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."
– Roger Daniels, Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati

"Almost All 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."
– George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, author of Becoming Mexican American



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