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

User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

While in 2015 a lot of the material in here has become widely taught and accepted, this is still a valuable read, especially if you're new to the area of whiteness/race and ethnicity studies. Jacobson ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Leah Mortenson - Goodreads

This book provides a really interesting look at the concept of "whiteness" and how it has been used over time to maintain dominant/subordinate power relations. It also shows how socially constructed ... 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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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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