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Author Tarpinian, Anni, author.
Title Armenian immigration to the United States : 1830 to 1975 / by Anni Tarpinian.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  D16.25 .Z95 2012 T37eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (viii, 134 pages) : maps, some color.
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-134).
Summary This study begins with the arrival of young Armenian male students of American Protestant missionaries from the eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire, who attended universities on the East Coast in the early nineteenth century, and continues through a discussion of the generation of post 1915 Armenian Genocide immigrants who arrived in the United States prior to 1975. Many of these children and grandchildren of survivors were two or three-step migrants whose experiences with repeated migration facilitated their adaptation to a new language, customs, and surroundings by the time of their immigration to the United States. Armenians first established communities in multi-ethnic, working class neighborhoods in East Coast industrial cities including Worcester, Massachusetts, viii Syracuse, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, and some later moved to work in factories in Racine, Wisconsin and Detroit, Michigan, but many eventually migrated to Fresno, California, where an Armenian community formed in the first decades of the twentieth century. The next generation of Armenian Americans moved from Fresno to San Francisco to obtain an education or work at the variety of jobs available in the city. Ultimately, Armenians in California outnumbered their predecessors on the East Coast, and Los Angeles became the home of most Armenians in California. Regardless of geographic location, Armenians contributed to their communities as Americans, while retaining many of their cultural traditions. This complex balancing of identities was shaped by their experiences with discrimination and exclusion, which at the same time created opportunities for inclusion in other spheres, such as business and education. Their common Christianity with most white Americans, their familiarity with American culture due to the presence of American Protestant missionaries, and their exposure to American relief workers after the Genocide also provided incentive for Armenians to immigrate to the United States. This study seeks to contribute to the understanding of the history of Armenian immigrants in the United States, the communities they established, and how they helped shape its diverse landscape.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on August 27, 2012).
Subject Armenia -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
Armenia -- History -- 1801-1900.
Armenia -- History -- 1901-
Armenian Americans -- California -- History.
Armenian Americans -- Massachusetts -- History.
Armenian Americans -- Rhode Island -- History.
Armenian Americans -- New York (State) -- History.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- History.
OCLC number 849057853