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Author Jacobson, Matthew Frye, 1958-

Title Whiteness of a different color : European immigrants and the alchemy of race / Matthew Frye Jacobson.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  305.8 J158w 1998    ---  Lib Use Only
Description x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-323) and index.
Contents Introduction : the fabrication of race -- The political history of whiteness -- "Free white persons" in the republic, 1790-1840 -- Anglo-Saxons and others, 1840-1924 -- Becoming Caucasian, 1924-1965 -- History, race, and perception -- 1877 : the instability of race -- Looking Jewish, seeing Jews -- The manufacture of Caucasians -- The crucible of empire -- Naturalization and the courts -- The dawning civil rights era -- Epilogue : ethnic revival and the denial of white privilege.
Summary America's racial odyssey is the subject of this 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 reracialized to become Caucasian. He provides a counterhistory of how nationality groups such as the Irish or Greeks became Americans as racial groups like Celts or Mediterraneans became Caucasian. Jacobson tracks race as a conception and perception, emphasizing the importance of knowing not only how we label one another but also how we see one another, and how that racialized vision has largely been transformed in this century.
Subject European Americans -- Race identity.
Whites -- Race identity -- United States.
Immigrants -- United States -- History.
Racism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations.
European Americans -- Race identity. (OCoLC)fst00916624
Immigrants. (OCoLC)fst00967712
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
Whites -- Race identity. (OCoLC)fst01174825
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0674063716 (alk. paper)
9780674063716 (alk. paper)
0674951913 (pbk.)
9780674951914 (pbk.)
Standard No. 9780674063716

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