Whiteness of a Different Color

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Harvard University Press, Sep 1, 1999 - History - 368 pages
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America's racial odyssey is the subject of this remarkable work of historical imagination. Matthew Frye Jacobson argues that race resides not in nature but in the contingencies of politics and culture. In ever-changing racial categories we glimpse the competing theories of history and collective destiny by which power has been organized and contested in the United States. Capturing the excitement of the new field of "whiteness studies" and linking it to traditional historical inquiry, Jacobson shows that in this nation of immigrants "race" has been at the core of civic assimilation: ethnic minorities, in becoming American, were re-racialized to become Caucasian.

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Review: Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race

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Jacobson's monograph is an interesting look at the evolution of race and ethnicity in American political and cultural history. Read full review

Review: Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race

User Review  - Amalauna Brock - Goodreads

Jacobson's monograph is an interesting look at the evolution of race and ethnicity in American political and cultural history. Read full review

Contents

THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF WHITENESS
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AngloSaxons and Others 18401924
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Becoming Caucasian 19241965
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About the author (1999)

Matthew Frye Jacobson, a professor of American Studies at Yale, is the author of "Whiteness of a Different Color" & "Special Sorrows". He lives in New York City.

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