I use the life of Palestinian American Dr. Khalil Totah as a mechanism to disprove the assumption that Arab American public activity during the 1940s was either non-existent or similar to activism during previous decades. Instead, pro-Arab public figures, such as Dr. Khalil Totah, promoted new pro-Arab and pro-American goals with the implicit support of the Arab American community. I am viewing these individuals first as community leaders and secondly as public educators. This also suggests that many seemingly passive Arab immigrants were implicitly involved in advocating for change in public policy. Furthermore, Totah's intellectual and academic accomplishments disprove the myth of Arab American intellectual quiescence during the 1940s. Finally, this study shows that the intellectual roots of Civil Rights era political advocacy within the Arab American community dates back farther than the 1950s and does not rest solely on the backs of the second wave of Arab immigrants.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle Eastern history, American history, Modern history|
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