A Different Mirror For Young People: A History Of Multicultural America
  • A Different Mirror For Young People: A History Of Multicultural America
  • A Different Mirror For Young People: A History Of Multicultural America
ISBN: 1609804163
EAN13: 9781609804169
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 8" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

A longtime professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki was recognized as one of the foremost scholars of American ethnic history and diversity. When the first edition of A Different Mirror was published in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it a brilliant revisionist history of America that is likely to become a classic of multicultural studies and named it one of the ten best books of the year. Now Rebecca Stefoff, who adapted Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's History of the United States for younger readers, turns the updated 2008 edition of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into A Different Mirror for Young People.

Drawing on Takaki's vast array of primary sources, and staying true to his own words whenever possible, A Different Mirror for Young People brings ethnic history alive through the words of people, including teenagers, who recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and poems. Like Zinn's A People's History, Takaki's A Different Mirror offers a rich and rewarding people's view perspective on the American story.

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4
   Great book!
I had to buy this book for a college course and I expected it to be boring, but it was actually really interesting! Takaki does a great job of explaining that in our primary years we are taught a narrative that only the founding fathers helped in the creation of the United States, when in reality, numerous people from various cultures were the foundation for our growth. An overall great book that I would recommend to all who want to learn more about their culture and America's true story.
 
5
   God information and writing
I put this on my shelf teaching a new course on ethnic history on U.S. history and it is great to find support materials of this quality.
 
5
   A must read for all Americans
Certainly a different look! Every child should read this book carefully. It helped me better understand some of America's history.
 
5
   Great for high school history
I wish there were good sources of light in it, but the spotlight on a character at the end of each chapter is primary. The author references the primary sources so that he can easily find them on the internet. The text is enticing and easy to read. The groups highlighted in the earlier chapters show up in later chapters, so that students get a good overview of the stories of people of color in the United States.
 
5
   Great secondary source readings for classroom.
I love the American book and this source is a great deeper look at the original experience. Reading level helps make it accessible to younger students or students who struggle with reading.
 
5
   GOOD BOOK SHOWING THE OTHER SIDE
I have used this book with a young Vietnamese man whom I trained in English. It discusses many cultures in our native Americans, Irish, African slaves, Chinese, Japanese, etc. It helps readers understand the problems, prejudices, etc. that each group experienced on their journey. Those who have great prejudices may not like it, but we had good discussions about each ethnic group and how we related to their experiences.
 
5
   lots of info in few words
This book combines so much information into very few pages, while keeping the writing very comprehensive. A very good overview of American history that goes beyond a white perspective.
 
5
   It is required reading for my 7th grade child.
Bought it for my 12 year old, required reading for school. He really enjoys the book now. He probably needs to finish reading it in a week, so that my daughter can use it for school. I want to read it now based on how my husband enjoys the book.
 
5
   Excellent read for high school students.
Much more level for high school students than the adult version of this book.
 
3
   TERRIBLE BIDING. I have had some of these books ...
Content : Fabulous. TERRIBLE BIDING.I have had some of these books for a few days and are falling apart!
 
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