Aruri, Naseer Hasan, 1934-. The Arab-American community of Springfield, Massachusetts

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Title: The Arab-American community of Springfield, Massachusetts

Published in: The Arab Americans, studies in assimilation, edited by Elaine C. Hagopian and Ann Paden, with preface by Ibrahim Abu-Lughod

Published By: The Arab Americans, studies in assimilation, edited by Elaine C. Hagopian and Ann Paden, with preface by Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Wilmette, III. Medina University Press International, 1969. 50-66 p.

By line: Naseer H. Aruri

HRAF Publication Information: new haven conn.: hraf, 1998. computer file

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Settlement patterns (361); Sodalities (575); Priesthood (793); Religious denominations (795);

Abstract: This is an account of the Arab-American community of Springfield, Massachusetts. Aruri writes about the early occupations, the wholesalers who acted as a political and cultural brokers, sporadic violence between Arab Christians and Muslims, and their relationship with other ethnic groups. He also focuses on Monsignor Saab, a community leader who gained a national reputation for his long service to his church and local community. Aruri, along with Hagopian (no. 25) criticizes the Syrian-Lebanese- American Federation for its failure to develop a strong national organization on par with the NAACP, or the American Jewish Committee. The author also examines the occupational structure, educational attainments, incomes, and political and social behavior of present residents. Smaller families and social mobility are signs of successful acculturation, but the persistence of Syrian-Lebanese clubs and churches are a factor in what the author calls their ‘slow assimilation.’

Document Number: 26

Document ID: nk09-026

Document Type: essay

Language: English

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Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Unknown

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 1998

Coverage Date: 1890-1968

Coverage Place: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

LCSH: Arab Americans

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