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All the Nations Under Heaven

An Ethnic and Racial History of New York City

By Frederick Binder, By David Reimers

About the Book

/I> explores the social, cultural, political, and economic lives of immigrants as they sought to form their own communities and struggled to define their identities within the growing heterogeneity of New York. In this timely, provocative book, Binder and Reimers offer insight into the cultural mosaic of New York at the turn of the millennium, where despite a civic pride that emphasizes the goals of diversity and tolerance, racial and ethnic conflict continue to shatter visions of peaceful coexistence.

About the Author

Frederick M. Binder is Professor of History at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. He is coeditor with David Reimers of "The Way We Lived: Essays and Documents in American Social History," and author of "The Age of the Common School, 1830-1865" and "The Color Problem in Early National America as Views by John Adams, Jefferson, and Jackson."

David M. Reimers is Professor of History at New York University. His books include "Still the Golden Door: The Third World Comes to America" (Columbia) and, with Leonard Dinnerstein and Roger Nichols, "Natives and Strangers: Immigrants, Blacks, and Indians."


"For New York City's legacy as the symbol of America's immigrant heritage to last, New Yorkers have to learn about themselves, in order to help themselves integrate harmoniously. The authors are right to say: "Those who truly love this great city believe that its future should and can be no less than its past."" -- The Village Voice