Working Toward Whiteness : How America's Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs Paperback / softback
At the vanguard of the study of race and labour 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 labour 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 neighbourhoods- 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
- Publication Date: 03/08/2006
- Category: Black & Asian studies
- ISBN: 9780465070749
- Paperback / softback from £11.85