How the Irish Became White
By (author) Noel Ignatiev
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How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
Book Description'...from time to time a study comes along that truly can be called 'path breaking,' 'seminal,' 'essential,' a 'must read.' How the Irish Became White is such a study.' John Bracey, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachussetts, Amherst The Irish came to America in the eighteenth century, fleeing a homeland under foreign occupation and a caste system that regarded them as the lowest form of humanity. In the new country - a land of opportunity - they found a very different form of social hierarchy, one that was based on the color of a person's skin. Noel Ignatiev's 1995 book - the first published work of one of America's leading and most controversial historians - tells the story of how the oppressed became the oppressors; how the new Irish immigrants achieved acceptance among an initially hostile population only by proving that they could be more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than the nativists. This is the story of How the Irish Became White.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415963091
(235mm x 187mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Noel Ignatiev
12 Million Black Voices, Paperback (November 2002)
The author of Native Son paired with three photographers in the 1930s to chronicle black life in America and this book was the result--a vivid portrait of African-American life, from sharecroppers in Mississippi to storefront churches in Harlem. Reprint.
Race Traitor, Paperback (June 1996)» View all books by Noel Ignatiev
At a time when white supremicist thinking seems to be gaining momentum, this text brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the "white question" in America.
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Author Biography - Noel Ignatiev
Noel Ignatiev (b. 1940) is best known for his call to abolish the white race. He was a co-founder and co-editor of the journal Race Traitor (an anthology from which won an American Book Award), and a co-founder of the New Abolitionist Society. He teaches history at the Massachusetts College of Art. American History
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