The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class / Edition 3

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Overview

A second edition of this widely adopted study of working-class racism. The Wages of Whiteness provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States. In an afterword to this second edition, Roediger discusses recent studies of whiteness and the changing face of labor itself. He surveys criticism of his work, accepting many such criticisms while challenging others, especially the view that the study of working-class racism implies a rejection of Marxism and radical politics.
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Editorial Reviews

SPLN
The Celestine Prophecy of whiteness studies.”
The Nation
“An extremely important and insightful book.”
Nell Irwin Painter
“At last an American labor historian realizes that white workers have a racial identity that matters as race matters to workers who are not white.”
Catherine Hall - New Left Review
“A timely and important intervention in the current debates over 'race' and ethnicity.”
Lawrence Glickman - The Nation
“Roediger's exciting new book makes us understand what it means to see oneself as white in a new way. An extremely important and insightful book.”
From the Publisher
“At last an American labor historian realizes that white workers have a racial identity that matters as race matters to workers who are not white.”—Nell Irwin Painter, Princeton University

“A timely and important intervention in the current debates over ‘race’ and ethnicity.”—Catherine Hall, New Left Review

“Roediger’s exciting new book makes us understand what it means to see oneself as white in a new way. An extremely important and insightful book.”—Lawrence Glickman, The Nation

“The Celestine Prophecy of whiteness studies.”—SPLN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844671458
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/2007
  • Series: Haymarket Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 469,823
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

David Roediger is Kendrick Babcock Chair of History at the University of Illinois. Among his books are Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day (with Philip S. Foner), How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon, and The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. He is the editor of Fellow Worker: The Life of Fred Thompson, The North and Slavery and Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White as well as a new edition of Covington Hall’s Labor Struggles in the Deep South. His articles have appeared in New Left Review, Against the Current, Radical History Review, History Workshop Journal, The Progressive and Tennis.

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

Michael Sprinker was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics and Ideology in the History of Historical Materialism and History and Ideology in Proust are also published by Verso. Together with Mike Davis, he founded Verso’s Haymarket Series and guided it until his death in 1999.

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Table of Contents

Textual Note
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Introducing the White Worker
1 On Autobiography and Theory: An Introduction 3
2 The Prehistory of the White Worker: Settler Colonialism, Race and Republicanism before 1800 19
Pt. II Race and the Languages of Class from the Revolution to the Civil War
3 'Neither a Servant Nor a Master Am I': Keywords in the Languages of White Labor Republicanism 43
4 White Slaves, Wage Slaves and Free White Labor 65
Pt. III Work, Culture and Whiteness in Industrializing America
5 Class, Coons and Crowds in Antebellum America 95
6 White Skins, Black Masks: Minstrelsy and White Working Class Formation before the Civil War 115
7 Irish-American Workers and White Racial Formation in the Antebellum United States 133
Pt. IV The Limits of Emancipation and the Fate of Working Class Whiteness
8 Epilogue: A New Life and Old Habits 167
Afterword to the Revised Edition 185
Index 191
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