Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xenchu - LibraryThing
I just couldn't finish this book. The author wrote like he was afraid a layman would like his book and lower his status among scholars. It was filled with references and dull prose. It finally wore me down. I would not recommend this book unless you are writing a paper. Read full review
Working toward whiteness: how America's immigrants became white: the strange journey from Ellis Island to the suburbsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
America is a country of immigrants. Roediger (history, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; TheWages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class ) points out that when people of ... Read full review