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Lecture 25: Arab Americans I. Immigration A. First period: late 1870s to passage of Immigration Quota Act of 1924 1. identity: refer “Syrians” regardless origin;later accept Syrian-American 2. religion/race: mainly Christian, Caucasian 3. naturalization: not ineligible in 1880s because “Caucasian” 4. undesirables: seen as due to part 2 nd immigration stream 5. threat: seen enemies Christianity despite most were Christian 6. Dow vs. U.S. 1915: denial citizen due “not white” reversed on appeal 7. large Syrian Communities: 1st New York, 2 nd Boston 8. Peddler Networks: establish dif locations, enlarged into small stores 9. quotas: few admitted 1924-1948 B. Second Period 1948-1965: some differences 1. origin: 1 st per:Mt Lebanon; 2 nd per:all Arab countries mid-east, N. Af. 2. SES: 1 st : poor, uneducated; 2 nd : large proportion high ed, professional 3. religion: 1 st predom Christians; 2 nd high proportion of Musliam 4.destination: 1 st favored towns villages, 2 nd favored lg urban centers
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