quantity of immigrant looking for freedom. The Irish although free, lived as “a conquered
were Prussians who left thier homelands before Germany was formed. Their lives were
played against each other by their rulers, which seemed to have never changed until the
for one reason, and one reasonably, religious persecution. From 70 AD , to the early
twentieth century Jews have been seeking religious freedom in countries other than thier
own. Italian immigrants came for reasons varying from poverty to the varying languages
the Chinese and Japanese immigrants left their homelands to seek refuge from the
constantly changing political rulers of thier time. Latins came to America for the sole
calling their own. The last group of immigrants to come to America is the only group that
was brought here against it’s own will. The Africans are the only group to be literally
extracted by force from there homes. In fact after the slaves were free several of them
have kept a little shorter, but overall he covers exactly why the vast quantities of
immigrants fled to America.
For whatever reason the immigrants came to America, they came and with them
diverse place in the world. Unfortunately settling here in America took time in the sense
the immigrants freedom and wealth did not come easy. Although it took time to settle in to
society, and establish thier dreams, the immigrants knew that no matter how long it took
thier dreams could be accomplished. America gave these people hope and safety. In thier
homelands, these people would have never been able to fulfill thier dreams and ambitions.
Today the immigrants show great achievement. The Irish, although not the biggest
families. The Germans have made great contributions in “industry, science, culture,
military strength, and recreation.” (pg. 68) After years of searching, the Jewish have not
only found religious freedom, but have become one of the more educated and wealthy
not that much different from today’s average American, they have reached an average
income and gotten a standard education. The Chinese and Japanese however, are more
advanced in education and wealth than most. Many of these people are working in
Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, have merely moved to a new enviornment. On the average, a
majority of these people are unemployed and uneducated. Today, more and more go to
poverty, have bettered themselves considerably, and continue to do so to this day. There
constant rise in earning money and getting an education.
I found this book to be extremely interesting. It was accurate and consistent.
Sowell never strayed from topic to topic and covered every detail he possibly could. The
only point that I disagreed with the author was that he believes that “little or no African
culture survives in American Negroes.” (pg. 184) This is very untrue. Today blacks take a
heritage. I also believe that Sowell should have went into more detail of what contributions
were made by groups other than the Germans. He tells how the Germans gave us the
Christmas tree and so on, but what about the other cultures, what did they contribute.
Overall this was an excellent book that I would recommend to friends. The author keeps
the reader well informed throughout the book, and this helps make the reading easier.
Sowell did an excellent job because he didn’t just pin the culture of this continent to one
ethnic group, but incorporated a large diversity of ethnic backgrounds which contributed to
more about the many cultures which have made America. This book can not only be used
understand what he is talking about. I found Ethnic America to be well thought out,
researched and written.