Working Toward Whiteness
How America's Immigrants Became White - The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs
By (author) David R. Roediger
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Working Toward Whiteness by David R. Roediger
Book DescriptionAt 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465070749
(203mm x 135mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David R. Roediger
Seizing Freedom, Paperback (October 2015)
Forceful and detailed account of the struggle for "freedom" after the American Civil War
Production of Difference, Paperback (May 2014)
Centering on race and empire, this book revolutionizes the history of management. From slave management to U.S. managers functioning as transnational experts on managing diversity, it shows how "modern management" was made at the margins. Even in "scientific" management, playing races against each other remained a hallmark of managerial strategy.
How Race Survived US History, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by David R. Roediger
Explores how the idea of race was created and recreated in American history. From the late seventeenth century to the civil-rights movement and the emergence of the American empire, this book examines how race intersected all that was dynamic and progressive in US history, from democracy and economic development to migration and globalization.
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Author Biography - David R. Roediger
David R. Roediger teaches on the history of race and class in the United States at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is the Babcock Chair of History and of African American Studies. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
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