Repositioning North American Migration History

Repositioning North American Migration History

New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship, and Community

Edited by Marc S. Rodriguez


University of Rochester Press



An in-depth look at trends in North American internal migration.
This volume gathers established and new scholars working on North American immigration, transmigration, internal migration, and citizenship whose work analyzes the development of migrant and state-level institutions as well as migrant networks. With contemporary migration research most often focused on the development of transnational communities and the ways international migrants maintain relationships with their sending region that sustain the circular flow of people, ideas, and traditions across national boundaries it is useful to compare these to similar patterns evident within the terrain of internal migration. To date, however, international and internal migration studies have unfolded in relative isolation from one another with each operating within these distinct fields of expertise rather than across them. Although there has been some important linking, there has not been a recent major consideration of human migration that works across and within the various borders of the North American continent. Thus, the volume presents a variety of chapters that seek to consider human migration in comparative perspective across the internal/international divide.

Marc S. Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University; Donna R. Gabbaccia is the Mellon Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh; James R. Grossman is the Vice President of Research and Education at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

Contributors: Josef Barton, Wallace Best, Donna Gabbaccia, James Gregory, Tobias Higbie, Mae Ngai, Walter Nugent, Annelise Orleck, Kunal Parker, Kimberly Phillips, Bruno Ramirez, Marc Rodriguez

Repositioning North American Migration History is a volume in Studies in Comparative History, sponsored by Princeton University's Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.


December 2004
444 pages
9x6 in
Studies in Comparative History
ISBN: 9781580461580
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC SOC007000, HIS038000, POL003000
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Table of Contents

Crossing Borders, Countering Exceptionalism - Walter Nugent
Borderland Studies and Migration: The Canada/U.S. Case - Bruno Ramirez
Constructing North America: Railroad Building and the Rise of Continental Migrations, 1850-1914 - Donna Gabaccia
The Southern Diaspora: Twentieth-Century America's Great Migrations - James Gregory
"Like the Flock of Swallows That Come in the Springtime": The Uneasy Place of Hobo Workers in Midwestern Economy and CultureCulture - Tobias Higbie
Borderland Discontents: Mexican Migration in Regional Contexts, 1880-1930 - Josef Barton
Braceros, "Wetbacks," and the National Boundaries of Class - Mae Ngai
"War" What Is It Good For?": Conscription and Migration in Black America - Kimberly Phillips
Thinking Space, Thinking Community: Lessons from Early American Immigration History - Kunal Parker
The South and the City: Black Southern Migrants, Storefront Churches, and the Rise of a Religious Diaspora - Wallace Best
Migrants and Citizens: Mexican American Migrant Workers and the War on Poverty in an American City - Marc S. Rodriguez
I Decided I'd Marry the First Man Who Asked: Gendering Black Migration From Cotton Country to the Desert Southwest - Annelise Orleck


This collection, partly in homage to Dirk Hoerder, explores a variety of migratory experiences in and to North America in ways that provide a distinctive take on events that scholars might otherwise segregate, thus missing some rich comparisons. . . . Community membership is far more complex and contested than . . . most political theorists imagine. The essays in this volume consistently reveal that lesson, and those wishing to explore its implications will find this book especially provocative. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, March 2006 Repositioning North American Migration History is an excellent collection of scholarship that paves the way for future studies. . . . Similar to recent scholarly efforts to . . . move beyond fixed notions of the nation-state to imagine a wider geographic and conceptual frame of community, this volume enriches and expands our study of the history of North American migrants. LABOR HISTORY, August 2007 [Mark Overmyer-Velazquez]

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