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Black EthnicsRace, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream$
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Christina M. Greer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989300

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989300.001.0001

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“You win some, you lose some”

“You win some, you lose some”

Hard Work and the Black Pursuit of the American Dream

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(p.80) Chapter 4 “You win some, you lose some”
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Black Ethnics
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Christina M. Greer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989300.003.0005

Chapter 4 offers a detailed account of the feelings and perceptions of foreign-born and native-born black union members using the SSEU Local 371 Survey. This chapter argues that even if black intraracial differences are subtle, such nuances in attitudes and opinions can greatly influence the US political system. It also includes a qualitative analysis of the genesis of many of these perceptions and feelings of black groups living and working in New York City and of how these opinions affect black perceptions of the American Dream. I find that, although there are varying black ethnic attitudes regarding modes of success and achievement efforts that present distinctive attitudes among black ethnic populations, there is a significant black racial identity present among native-born and foreign-born populations in this country.

Keywords:   African, Afro-Caribbean, Groups, Black American, Immigrants, Attitudes, Behavior

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