ERIC Number: ED200677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
With Roots Entwined: Intergroup Relations in Urban Ethnic America.
Kovach, Kenneth Julius
The history of European immigration to the United States and the roles that white ethnic groups have played in American industrialization, urbanization, and suburbanization are discussed in this paper. Focused on is the process by which major American cities grew and changed in terms of their ethnic composition. Fluctuations in the national economy and the labor market are charted as they affected various ethnic groups. The reactions of the white working class (composed largely of the descendants of eastern and southern European immigrants) to the civil rights movement of the 1960s are also discussed. The formation of urban neighborhood coalitions in the 1970s is described as one survival mechanism employed by "white ethnics" in order to ensure safe living environments. Increased citizen participation in community decisionmaking is described as the principal challenge facing Euro American ethnic groups in the 1980s. (GC)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Euro Americans
Note: Not available separately; see UD 021 324. Statement presented at a consultation sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Chicago, IL, December 3, 1979).