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Working Toward Whiteness

At the vanguard of the study of race and labor in American history, David R. Roediger is the author of the now-classicThe Wages of Whiteness, a study of racism in the development of a white working class in nineteenth-century America. InWorking 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 labor 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 neighborhoods--Roediger explores the murky realities of race in twentieth-century America. A masterful history by an award-winning writer,Working Toward Whitenesscharts the strange transformation of these new immigrants into the "white ethnics" of America today.

Race relations
Racial identity
Ethnic identity
African Americans
Mexican Americans
Asian Americans
Social conditions
Social classes
Working classes
Social integration
American history
Social history