America, the Melting Pot

 My handout for the elective course “America, the Melting Pot?”

African American Literature

The Color Purple

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Black Boy Native Son
Go Tell It On The Mountain Black Like Me
Invisible Man I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
The Coldest Winter Ever Grand Central Winter


Jewish American Literature

Portnoy’s Complaint Fear Of Flying
Portonoy’s Complaint and Fear of Flying are both excellent novels for mature readers. Just a warning: They contain some explicit sexual descriptions. I my context this has never been a problem, but students should know that before deciding to read the books.
Call It Sleep The Chosen
Snow In August Catch 22


Native American Literature
Gardens In The Dunes Mean Spirit
Waterlily Black Elk Speaks
Lakota Woman House Made of Dawn
  The Toughtest Indian in the World
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reservation Blues


Hispanic American Literature
Bodega Dreams Living Up The Street
The House on Mango Street  

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