A longtime professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki wasrecognized as one of the foremost scholars of American ethnic history and diversity. When the first edition of"A""Different Mirror"was published in 1993, "Publishers Weekly"called it "a brilliant revisionist history of Americathat is likely to become a classic of multicultural studies" and named it one of the ten best books of the year.Now Rebecca Stefoff, who adapted Howard Zinn's best-selling"A People's History of the United States"foryounger readers, turns the updated 2008 edition of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into"A Different Mirror for""Young People."
Drawing on Takaki's vast array of primary sources, and staying true to his own words whenever possible, "A""Different Mirror for Young People"brings ethnic history alive through the words of people, including teenagers, who recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and poems. Like Zinn's"A People's History," Takaki's"A""Different Mirror"offers a rich and rewarding "people's view" perspective on the American story.
About the Author
Ronald Takaki (1939&8211;2009) was the author of books including "A Different Mirror", "A Larger Memory", and "Iron Cages", and is often cited as the father of multicultural studies in America.
Rebecca Stefoff has published many books for young readers about science, technology, and engineering. For Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark's Great Inventions series (2006-2003), she wrote six titles, including The Telephone, Microscopes and Telescopes, and Robots. She introduced fifth-grade readers to the scientific method in the six-volume series Is It Science? (Cavendish Square, 2014), whichincludes, Astrology and Astronomy, Alchemy and Chemistry, and Magic and Medicine. Her six volume series Great Engineering, for second- and third-grade readers, is forthcoming from Cavendish Square and has books on building bridges, dams, skyscrapers, and more. Stefoffis especially happy to be writing about the building of the Panama Canal for the Engineering Wonders series because she has seen the canal firsthand. While celebrating her parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary on a cruise ship, she passed through the canal and witnessed the extraordinary engineering marvels that are its locks. She has been interested in the Panama Canal (and other canals) ever since.
“This 375-page book would be an excellent way to include multi-ethnic materials in the classroom as a way to ensure that your students see their unique identities reflected in their coursework.”
— Skipping Stones
“This is a great introduction to Takaki’s path-breaking scholarship.”