Working toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs

Working toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs

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by David R. Roediger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465070744

ISBN-13: 9780465070749

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: Basic Books


At the vanguard of the study of race and labor in American history, David R. Roediger is the author of the now-classic The Wages of Whiteness, a study of racism in the development of a white working class in nineteenth-century America. In Working Toward Whiteness, he continues that history into the twentieth century. He recounts how American ethnic

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At the vanguard of the study of race and labor in American history, David R. Roediger is the author of the now-classic The Wages of Whiteness, a study of racism in the development of a white working class in nineteenth-century America. In Working Toward Whiteness, he continues that history into the twentieth century. He recounts how American ethnic groups considered white today-including Jewish-, Italian-, and Polish-Americans-once occupied a confused racial status in their new country. They eventually became part of white America thanks to the nascent labor movement, New Deal reforms, and a rise in home-buying. From ethnic slurs to racially restrictive covenants--the racist real estate agreements that ensured all-white neighborhoods--Roediger explores the murky realities of race in twentieth-century America. A masterful history by an award-winning writer, Working Toward Whiteness charts the strange transformation of these new immigrants into the "white ethnics" of America today.

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ISBN-13:
9780465070749
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
630,586
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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