From the Other Side

From the Other Side

Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820–1990
Donna Gabaccia
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/22/1995
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20904-7
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An impressive achievement by a scholar well-versed in the field." —Virginia Yans-McLaughlin

Sweeping in scope and prodigious in research, Gabaccia is able to make insightful comparisons between these female newcomers in both the past and the present and between the experiences of the foreign-born and other minorities in American society." —John Bodnar

This long-needed study of women "from the other side" examines the experience of women immigrants as they came to the United Stated from all corners of the earth. Donna Gabaccia traces continuities that characterize women of both the nineteenth-century European and Asian migrations and the present-day Third World migrations. Foreign-born women, even more than men, experienced sharp tensions between communal, familial traditions and U.S. expectations of individualism and voluntarism. She also discovers strong parallels between the lives of foreign-born women and the women of America's native-born racial minorities.

Author Bio

DONNA GABACCIA is Charles H. Stone Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the author of From Sicily to Elizabeth Street, Militants and Migrants, the bibliography Immigrant Women in the United States and editor of Seeking Common Ground.


““From the Other Side is a tour-de-force interpretive synthesis of a vast literature on the relationship between gender and immigrant experience in the United States.” —International Migration Review “The last twenty years have seen an explosion in research on immigrant women, yet a systematic synthesis of this wealth of scholarship has been missing from the literature. Donna Gabaccia’s book stunningly fills this gap, capturing the complex global story that has been the history of women’s immigration to the United States in the years from 1820 to 1990.” —American Historical Review “ . . . a readable, lively integration of recent literature on immigration as well as new approaches to understanding race, gender, and ethnicity.” —Labor History “ . . . this is a most welcome contribution to the history and sociology of American immigrant life.” —Choice “This volume will convince skeptics not only that the historiography of women’s inmmigration is already vast, but that the field is ripe for further inquiry and research.” —Western Historical Quarterly “Donna Gabaccia has tackled a monumental undertaking and has provided the scholarly community with a trove of rich and provocative material.” —Reviews in American History “An impressive achievement by a scholar well-versed in the field.” —Virginia Yans McLaughlin “Sweeping in scope and prodigious in research . . . ” —John Bodnar “. . . this masterful synthesis advances our understanding of the gendered experience of immigration during nearly two centuries . . .” —Journal of Interdisciplinary History “The book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in immigration history. But it will prove particularlyuseful in the classroom . . .” —The Annals of Iowa Traces continuities in the experiences of nineteenth-century European and Asian women immigrants and their present-day Third World counterparts.”

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Table of Contents


Part I: Coming to the United States
1. Where is the Other Side?
2. The Women of the Other Side
3. From Minority to Majority

Part II: Foreign and Female: Continuities in Immigrant Life
4. Lives of Labor
5. All Her Kin
6. Working Together

Part III: Changing: Class and Culture in the Twentieth Century
7. Middle-Class Immigrants
8. Preservation and Innovation


Bibliographical Essay