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Whiteness of a different color : European immigrants and the alchemy of race

Author: Matthew Frye Jacobson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Frye Jacobson
ISBN: 0674951913 9780674951914
OCLC Number: 42680714
Description: x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Free white persons" in the Republic, 1790-1840 --
Anglo-Saxons and others, 1840-1924 --
Becoming Caucasian, 1924-1965 --
1877: the instability of race --
Looking Jewish, seeing Jews --
The crucible of empire --
Naturalization and the courts --
The dawning civil rights era --
Epilogue: ethnic revival and the denial of white privilege.
Other Titles: European immigrants and the alchemy of race
Responsibility: Matthew Frye Jacobson.

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Looking at the field of "whiteness studies" and linking it to traditional historical inquiry, Matthew Frye Jacobson shows that in the USA, nation of immigrants, "race" has been at the core of civic  Read more...

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