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Author Bald, Vivek, author.

Title Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America / Vivek Bald.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.891 B19    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  305.891 BAL    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  305.891 BALD    Check Shelf
Description x, 294 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-275) and index.
Contents Introduction : lost in migration -- Out of the East and into the South -- Between "Hindoo" and "Negro" -- From ships' holds to factory floors -- The travels and transformations of Amir Haider Khan -- Bengali Harlem -- The life and times of a multiracial community -- Conclusion : lost futures.
Summary "In the final years of the nineteenth century, small groups of Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island every summer, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their home villages in Bengal. The American demand for 'Oriental goods' took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey's beach boardwalks into the heart of the segregated South. Two decades later, hundreds of Indian Muslim seamen began jumping ship in New York and Baltimore, escaping the engine rooms of British steamers to find less brutal work onshore. As factory owners sought their labor and anti-Asian immigration laws closed in around them, these men built clandestine networks that stretched from the northeastern waterfront across the industrial Midwest. The stories of these early working-class migrants vividly contrast with our typical understanding of immigration. Vivek Bald's meticulous reconstruction reveals a lost history of South Asian sojourning and life-making in the United States. At a time when Asian immigrants were vilified and criminalized, Bengali Muslims quietly became part of some of America's most iconic neighborhoods of color, from Tremé in New Orleans to Detroit's Black Bottom, from West Baltimore to Harlem. Many started families with Creole, Puerto Rican, and African American women. As steel and auto workers in the Midwest, as traders in the South, and as halal hot dog vendors on 125th Street, these immigrants created lives as remarkable as they are unknown. Their stories of ingenuity and intermixture challenge assumptions about assimilation and reveal cross-racial affinities beneath the surface of early twentieth-century America."--The dust-jacket front flap.
Awards Asian American Studies Book Award--History, 2015.
Subject Ḥaidar, Dādā Amīr, 1900-1989.
South Asian Americans -- History -- 20th century.
South Asian Americans -- Cultural assimilation.
Muslims -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Working class -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Minorities -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
South Asia -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
Ḥaidar, Dādā Amīr, 1900-1989. (OCoLC)fst01783534
Emigration and immigration. (OCoLC)fst00908690
Ethnic relations. (OCoLC)fst00916005
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Minorities. (OCoLC)fst01023088
Muslims. (OCoLC)fst01031029
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
South Asian Americans. (OCoLC)fst01127234
Working class. (OCoLC)fst01180418
New York (State) -- New York -- Harlem. (OCoLC)fst01312318
South Asia. (OCoLC)fst01244520
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780674066663 (hardcover)
0674066669 (hardcover)
9780674503854 (paperback)
0674503856 (paperback)
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