Greek Americans

Greek Americans

Struggle and Success

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ISBN: 978-1-4128-5295-1
Pages: 256
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: 11-04-2013
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This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans—their history, strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. Blending sociological insight with historical detail, Peter C. and Charles C. Moskos trace the Greek-American experience from the wave of mass immigration in the early 1900s to today. This is the story of immigrants, most of whom worked hard to secure middle-class status. It is also the story of their children and grandchildren, many of whom maintain an attachment to Greek ethnic identity even as they have become one of America’s most successful ethnic groups.

As the authors rightly note, the true measure of Greek-Americans is the immigrants themselves who came to America without knowing the language and without education. They raised solid families in the new country and shouldered responsibilities for those in the old. They laid the basis for an enduring Greek-American community.

Included in this completely revised edition is an introduction by Michael Dukakis and chapters relating to the early struggles of Greeks in America, the Greek Orthodox Church, success in America, and the survival and expansion of Greek identity despite intermarriage. This work will be of value to scholars of ethnic studies, those interested in Greek culture and communities, and sociologists and historians.

Editorial Reviews

“Who are the Greeks? How did they make their way in this new and strange world of America? How is it that they have achieved so much and still maintain strong ties with their heritage? It’s all here in this wonderful book that Charlie Moskos worked so hard to write and that his son, Peter Moskos, has now rewritten in the form of a third edition.”

—Michael S. Dukakis

“To revise a text almost thirty years since its original publication is not an easy task, but Peter C. Moskos met the challenge and deserves credit for this. This third edition remains faithful to the scope of the original, while being substantially rewritten and restructured. . . . The third edition of Green Americans: Struggle and Success is a work that highlights the persistence of a narrative in which Greek Americans, despite conflicts and turbulences of the past, continue to succeed.”

—Kostis Karpozilos, Journal of Modern Greek Studies

“[T]his book enhanced my understanding of the Greek American experience. Moskos’s odyssey from migration to assimilation is a compelling one. The book is well researched. I recommend it.”

—Nocholas Sofios, Contemporary Sociology

“[A] comprehensive overview and personal assessment by a Greek American scholar of the Greek American experience in the United States.”

—Eva E. Sandis, International Migration Review

“My son Michael and I found the first edition of Greek Americans: Struggle and Success a vividly written account of the Greek experience in this country. We are delighted that Charles Moskos has added new material and brought his brilliant study up to date. To read this book is to understand the Greek American story.”

—Euterpe Dukakis, Brookline, Massachusetts

“[A] joy to read. Charles Moskos presents a striking and current portrait of the Greek-American community and its many contributions to American life. This is a book that deserves to be read, and read again.”

—Paul S. Sarbanes, U.S. Senator from Maryland

"To revise a text almost thirty years since its original publication is not an easy task, but Peter C. Moskos met the challenge. . . . The author provides ample statistical data interwoven with exemplary stories and historical background."

—Kostis Karpozilos, Princeton University 

“[T]he best modern history of the Greek immigrants and their progeny. Charles Moskos gives us an incisive analysis of why Greek Americans have come so far so quickly.”

—Nicholas Gage, author of Eleni

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Michael Dukakis
Preface to the Third Edition by Peter C. Moskos
Preface to the Second Edition by Charles C. Moskos
1     Early Struggles: The Greek Comes to America
2     From Brawn to Brains
3     The Greek Orthodox Church in the New Secular World
4     Greek American Ideology and Politics
5     Success in America
6     Maintaining a Greek American Identity—Present and Future
Afterword: Becoming Greek American: A Family and Personal Memoir by Peter C. Moskos