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How the Irish became White

How the Irish became White

Author: Noel Ignatiev; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
How the Irish Became White explodes a number of myths surrounding race in our society. Focusing on how the Irish were assimilated as "whites" in America, Noel Ignatiev uncovers the roots of conflict between Irish Americans and African Americans and draws a powerful connection between Irish "success" in nineteenth-century American society and their embrace of white supremacy.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ignatiev, Noel.
How the Irish became White.
New York : Routledge, 1995
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Noel Ignatiev; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0415913845 9780415913843 0415918251 9780415918251 9780415963091 0415963095
OCLC Number: 32853006
Description: xii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Something in the Air --
II. White Negroes and Smoked Irish --
III. The Transubstantiation of an Irish Revolutionary --
IV. They Swung their Picks --
V. The Tumultuous Republic --
VI. From Protestant Ascendancy to White Republic.
Responsibility: Noel Ignatiev.
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Intended as a contribution to the understanding of race, ethnicity and class in American history, this text focuses on how the Irish were assimilated as "whites" in America, and uncovers the roots of  Read more...


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'...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 Read more...

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