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