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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, 1998.
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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 "whiteness  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jacobson, Matthew Frye, 1958-
Whiteness of a different color.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
Named Person: Weise
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Frye Jacobson
ISBN: 0674063716 9780674063716 0674951913 9780674951914
OCLC Number: 38752991
Awards: Joint winner of Ralph J. Bunche Award 1999
Description: x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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.
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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Whiteness of a Different Color offers an unanswerable demonstration that the historical whitening of European immigrants intensified 'race' as the marker of a white/black divide. Jacobson challenges Read more...

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Muy buen libro

by minimundodelbebe (WorldCat user published 2013-05-05) Very Good Permalink

Es un gran libro podemos ver la evolución del inmigrante europeo desde niños hasta adultos.



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How we got into this mess called "race"

by Adpowell (WorldCat user published 2013-05-05) Excellent Permalink

Matthew Frye Jacobson 's Whiteness of a Different Color tells us all how we got in this mess. The book is subtitled European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. "Alchemy" is correct. It means that the "base metal" of Nordic, Alpine, Mediterranean and even Western Asian "races"...
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