Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immgiration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States
A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston GlobeTelling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.
- Focuses on the two most important periods in American Immigration history: the Industrial Revolution (1820-1930) and the Globalizing Era (Cold War to the present)
- Provides an in-depth treatment of central themes, including economic circumstances, acculturation, social mobility, and assimilation
- Includes an introductory essay by the volume editor.
White on Arrival : Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945
With the recent election of the nation's first African American president, the topic of transnational identity is reaching the forefront of the national consciousness in an unprecedented way. As our society becomes increasingly diverse and intermingled, it is increasingly imperative to understand how race and heritage impact our perceptions of and interactions with each other.