Whiteness of a Different Color

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Harvard University Press, Sep 1, 1999 - History - 338 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

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This was one of the books I read in my “Introduction to Graduate History” course, back in the dark mists of time when I was a young and enthusiastic aspiring historian. I found it a useful ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Amalauna - Goodreads

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

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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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