From the Other Side

From the Other Side

Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820–1990
Gabaccia, Donna
Distribution: World
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.

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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