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From the Other Side Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820-1990 by Donna Gabaccia

From the Other Side Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820-1990


From the Other Side Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820-1990 by Donna Gabaccia

An impressive achievement by a scholar well-versed in the field. -Virginia Yans-McLaughlinSweeping 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 BodnarThis 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.


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 immigration 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 particularly useful in the classroom ... The Annals of Iowa

About the Author

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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Publication date

1st February 1995


Donna Gabaccia

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Indiana University Press


216 pages


History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Social & cultural history



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