Reading List for American Pluralism in Microcosm: The Connecticut River Valley as Classroom

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Reading List for American Pluralism in Microcosm: The Connecticut River Valley as Classroom
Compiled by John Diffley, Richard Norman, Ph.D., and Arlene Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Springfield “Bicentennial” histories
Irish community to 1970s

Jewish community to 1970s

Polish community to 1970s

Italian community to 1970s

French-Canadian community to 1970s

African-American community to 1970s

On-line Resources
Jewish Women’s Archives:
American Memories, Library of Congress:
1790 George Washington letter to Newport Hebrew congregation
1840s excerpt from the Diary of a German-Jewish peddler in Massachusetts
1885 Josiah Strong excerpt from Our Country, on the scourge of “foreigners” in the cities
1886 address by German immigrant George Engel,

condemned Haymarket anarchist

1893 speech by Robert Ingersoll condemning Chinese Exclusion Act
1901 Greenfield Gazette and Courier article calling for “immigrant test”
1903 excerpt from autobiography of Chinese immigrant Lee Chew
1912 excerpt from Catholic Encyclopedia noting changes in Springfield diocese

because of immigration by Irish, Canadians, Poles and Lithuanians
1923 report by Commissioner-General of Immigration to Secy. of Labor

on need for immigration restrictions
1926 speech by Ku Klux Klan leader Hiram Evans on

“Klan’s Fight for Americanism”
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
University of Sao Paolo paper on Brazilians in Mass (1980s)
UMass-Boston paper on CBOs among Latinos in Holyoke

Gov. Richard Lamm “How to Destroy America” (2004, on the perils of multiculturalism)
Oral History: Methodology
Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History (Nashville, TN: American

Association for State and Local History, 1991).

Benmayor,Rina and Andor Skotnes, eds.. Migration and Identity: International

Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories, Volume III. (Oxford: Oxford

University Press, 1991)

Bertaux, Daniel and Paul Thompson, eds. Between Generations: Family Models,

Myths and Memories: International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories,

Volume II. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993).

Jeffrey, Jaclyn, and Glenace Edwall, eds. Memory and History: Essays on

Remembering and Interpreting Human Experience. Lanham, MD: University

Press of America, 1994)

Public History
Frisch, Michael H. A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990)
Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001),
Green, Jim, Taking History to Heart: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000)

Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995),

Landsberg, Allison. Prosthetic Memory: the transformation of American remembrance in the age of mass culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004)

Miller, Marla and Anne Digan Lanning, "Common Parlors: Women and the Recreation of Community Identity in Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1870-1920," Gender and History (November 1994), 435-455
Norkunas, Martha. Monuments and Memories: History and Representation in Lowell, Massachusetts (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002)
Rozenzweig, Roy, Thelen, David. Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life (New York: Columbia University Press,1998)
Rypkema, Donovan D. The Economics of Historic Preservation (Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1994).
Gay/Lesbian Studies
Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male

World, 1890-1940 (New York: Basic Books, 1996)

Labor History
Arnesen, Eric. Brotherhoods of Color (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001)
Brody, David. Workers in Industrial America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980)
Cobble, Dorothy Sue. Workers in Industrial America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980)
Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (Cambridge

University Press, 1990).

Guerin-Gonzales, Camille. Mexican Workers and American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation, and California Farm Labor 1900-1939 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1994)

Freeman, Joshua B. Working Class New York, (New York: New Press, 2001)
Hartford, William A. Working People of Holyoke: Class and Ethnicity in a Massachusetts Mill Town, 1850 – 1960 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990)
Honey, Michael K. Black Workers Remember, (Berkeley: University of California Press,1999).
Kessler-Harris, Alice. A Woman’s Wage, (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1990).
---- In Pursuit of Equity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)
Laurie, Bruce. Artisans into Workers: Labor in Nineteenth Century America (New York: Hill and Wang, 1988)
Lichtenstein, Nelson. State of the Union (Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2002)
Montgomery, David. The Fall of the House of Labor (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987).
---- Workers’ Control in America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979).
Sugrue, Thomas. The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996).

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities (London: Verso, 1983)
Chomsky, Aviva. “They Take Our Jobs!” and 20 other myths about immigration (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007).

Colon, Jesús. The Way It was, and Other Writing, eds.Edna Acosta-Belén and

Virginia Sánchez Korrol (Houston: Arte Público Press, 1993).

Hamamoto, Darrell and Rodolfo D. Torres, eds. New American Destinies: A Reader

in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration. (New York: Routledge, 1997).
Hauptman , Laurence M., Tribes and Tribulations: Misconceptions About American

Indians and Their Histories (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995).
Hollinger, David A. Postethnic America (New York: Basic Books, 1995).
Klindienst, Patricia. The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans (Boston: Beacon Press, 2006)
Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American

Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001).
---. Better Together: Restoring the American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster,

Quinn, Peter. Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America (New York: Overlook,

Rodriguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez 1982.

(Dial Press Trade, 2004)

Santiago, Esmeralda. When I Was Puerto Rican. (New York: Vintage Books, 1994).
Torres, Andres. Latinos in New England (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006).
Cheryl Walker. Indian Nation: Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century

Nationalisms. (Durham: Duke UP, 1997).
Non-Fiction: Memoirs

Avakian, Arlene Voski. Lion Woman's Legacy: An Armenian-American Memoir (New

York: Feminist Press, 1992)

Truong-nhu Dinhand and Tran Thi Truong Nga The Last Boat Out: Memoirs of a

Triumphant Vietnamese-American Family (Leander, TX :GASLight Publishing

LLC , 2006)

Erdrich, Heid E. Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers in Community

(St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002)

Lurie, Nancy Oestreich, Editor. Mountain Wolf Woman, Sister of Crashing

Thunder: The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian (Minneapolis: University of

Michigan Press, 1961).

McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

(New York: Riverhead Trade, 1997)

Shakir, Evelyn. Remember Me to Lebanon: Stories of Lebanese Women in America

Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2007).

Wachs, Eleanor. “It wasn’t in Her Lifetime, But It Was Handed Down” – Four Black Oral Histories of Massachusetts (Boston: Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State, 1989)
Non-Fiction: Poetry
Espada, Martín. The Republic of Poetry (New York: W.W Norton, 2006).
Inada, Lawson Fusao. Legends from Camp (Minneapolis, Coffee House Press,

Trethewey, Natasha. Native Guard (Boston: Mariner Books, 2007).

Fiction/Literary Anthologies:
Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (New York: Plume Edition,


Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street (New York: Vintage, 1991).

Curran, Mary Doyle. The Parish and the Hill (New York: Feminist Press Edition, 2002).
Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak! (New York: Vintage, 1996).
Diaz, Junot. Drown (New York: Riverhead Trade,1997).
Fenkl, Heinz Insu and Walter K. Lew eds. Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean

American Fiction (Boston: Beacon Press, 2001).
Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban (New York: Ballantine Books, 1993).
Hagedorn, Jessica. Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home in the World (New York:

Penguin, 2004).

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies (New York: Mariner Books, 1999).
Lee, Chang-Rae. Native Speaker (New York: Riverhead Trade, 1996).
Okada, John. No-No Boy (Seattle: University of Washington Press,1978).
Sui Sing Far, Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Other Writings Amy Ling and Annette White-

Parks, eds. (University of Illinois Press 1, 1995)

Yezierska, Anzia. Bread Givers (New York: Persea Books edition, 2003).
Zitkala-Sa. American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings (New York: Penguin,


US History
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty! An American History (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005).

Hurley, Andrew. Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Boston, 1993).
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States (New York: Harper Collins, 1999).

Urban Working Class History and Culture
Powers, Madeline. Faces Along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingmen’s Saloon, 1870-1920 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998).
Dius, Perry. The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920 (University of Illinois, 1999).
Racism and Race Formation
Allen, Theodore. The Invention of the White Race: The Origin of Racial Oppression

in Anglo-America (London: Verso, 1997).
Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Ethics of Identity (Princeton: Princeton University

Press, 2007)

Burnett, Christina Duffy and Burke Marshall, eds. Foreign in a Domestic Sense:

Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution (Durham: Duke UP,

Brodkin, Karen. How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in

America (Piscataway: Rutgers University Press, 1999)
Cell, John Whitson. The Highest Stage of White Supremacy: The Origins of Segregation in South

Africa and the American South (Cambridge University Press, 1982)

Dudziak, Mary L. Cold War, Civil Rights: Race and the image of American Democracy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)

Gerber, David A. and Alan M. Kraut, eds. American Immigration and Ethnicity: A

Reader (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth. Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 (Chapel Hill: North Carolina University Press, 1996)
Golden, Hilda. Immigrant and Native Families: The Impact of Immigration on the Demographic

Transformation of Western Massachusetts, 1850-1900 (Lanham, MD, 1994)
Fredrickson, George M. Racism: A Short History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002).
Hale, Grace Elizabeth. Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (New

York: Vintage Books, 1998).

Ignatiev, Noel. How the Irish Became White (New York: Routledge, 1996).
Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and

the Alchemy of Race (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999).
Kaup, Monika and Debra Rosenthal, editors. Mixing Race, Mixing Culture: Inter-

American Literary Dialogues. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002).
Omi, Michael and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the

1990s (New York: Routledge, 1994).
Pierson, William Dillon. Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro-American

Subculture in Eighteenth-Century New England (Amherst: University of

Massachusetts Press, 1988).

Roediger, David R. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American

Working Class, Revised and Expanded Edition, (London: Verso, 2007).
---Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Become White. The Strange

Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs (New York: Basic Books, 2005)
Rodríguez, Clara E. Changing Race: Latinos, the Census, and the History of

Ethnicity in the United States (New York: York University Press, 2000).
Sollors, Werner. Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture (New

York: Oxford University Press USA, 1987).

---. Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader, ed. Werner Sollors (New York: York

University Press, 1996).

---.The Invention of Ethnicity, ed. by Werner Sollors (New York: Oxford University

Press, USA, 1991).

Torres, Andres. Ed. Latinos in New England (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007?).
Wald, Patricia. Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form.

(Durham: Duke University Press, 1995).

Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974)

Women’s History/Studies
Rosen, Ruth. The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America (New

York: Routledge, 2001).

Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992).

Peiss, Kathy. Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture (New York: Henry Holt and Co., Inc., 1998)

Springfield History
D'Amato, Donald J. Springfield--350 years: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, Va. : Donning Co., c1985).
----- Forgotten Heritage: Springfield During the American Revolution. (Springfield, MA: c1975.)
----- Frontier Springfield, 1636-1675 - [illustrated by] M. Bradley. (S.L. : s.n. c1975).
----- Colonial Springfield, 1636-1675; James K. Tillotson. (Springfield, Mass. : Springfield Public Schools, 1973)
Frisch, Michael H. Town into City: Springfield Massachusetts and the Meaning of Community, 1840-1880 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1972)
Konig, Michael F. and Kauffman, Martin ed. Springfield 1636 - 1986 (Springfield, Mass.: Springfield Library and Museums Association, 1987)

Holyoke History
DiCarlo, Ella Merkel. The Black Community in Holyoke 1770s-1970s (Springfield, MA: American International College, 1978)
Green, Constance McLaughlin. Holyoke, Massachusetts; a case history of the industrial revolution in America. (Hamden, Conn.: Archon books, 1968 [c1957])

Habler, Peter. Habitants in Holyoke : the development of the French-Canadian community in a Massachusetts city, 1865-1910 (Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 1976)

Thibodeau, Kate Navarra. Destination: Holyoke : immigration and migration to Holyoke (Holyoke, MA : Wistariahurst Museum, 2006)
Springfield and Holyoke, MA – History Articles
“Housing in Holyoke and its Effects on Family Life, 1860 – 1910” Paul N. Dubovik, Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts Vol. IV No. 1 Spring 1975, p. 40 – 50.
“A Lamentable and Woeful Sight: The Indian Attack on Springfield” Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts, Richard J. Pinkos, Vol. IV No. 2, Fall 1975, p.1-11.
“Greek Immigrants in Springfield, 1884 – 1944” George T. Eliapoulus, Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts Vol. V No. 2 Fall 1975, p.46 – 54.
“Holyoke French Canadian in Turmoil” Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts, Vol. VII No. 1, January 1979, p. 5-21.
“Blacks in Springfield, 1868-1880” Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts Vol. VII No. 2, June 1979, p25-34.
“Educational Patterns of French Canadians in Holyoke, 1868-1910” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Vol. X No. 2, June 1982, p. 17-29.
“As if in a Great Darkness: Native American Refugees of the Middle Connecticut Valley in the Aftermath of King Philip’s War,” Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts, James Spady, Vol. XXIII No. 2, Summer 1995, p. 183-197.

“Springfield’s Puritans and Indians: 1636-1655” Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts, Marty O’Shea Vol. XXVI No. 1, Winter 1998, p.46-72.

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