International Migration Review
Historians rarely reflect publicly on how lived experiences in families and communities influence academic trajectories. For this reason, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America’s Immigration Story is a welcome and invaluable collection for scholars and students of immigration and US history. Editors Alan Kraut and David Gerber recognize that “historians often seem to write their autobiographies with the subjects they address in their books and articles” (189). This speaks especially to immigration historians writing about their own ethnic communities; for them, concerns about navigating the rich, but oftentimes difficult, terrain of family life and identity politics are particularly pronounced.
Original Publication Citation
Zanoni, E. (2015). Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America's Immigration Story. By Alan M. Kraut and David A. Gerber. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2013. International Migration Review, 49(3), e31-e32.
Zanoni, Elizabeth, "Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America's Immigration Story" (2015). History Faculty Publications. 30.