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Jacqueline JonesIn waging those battles, native-born white Protestants seized on any number of social differences -- language, skin color, religion, cultural traditions -- to discriminate against newcomers from foreign countries. And yet, as David R. Roediger suggests in Working Toward Whiteness, people who identify themselves as white have constituted the largest, most powerful and ultimately most exclusive tribe of all. In this provocative but unwieldy book, Roediger argues that people of non-African descent could and did eventually work their way into "whiteness" -- thereby gaining admission to America's largest and most powerful tribe.
— The Washington Post