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Whiteness of a Different Color

European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race

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$33.50 • £26.95 • €30.00

ISBN 9780674951914

Publication Date: 09/01/1999


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 halftones, 2 tables


  • Note on Usage
  • Introduction: The Fabrication of Race
  • I. The Political History of Whiteness
    • 1. “Free White Persons” in the Republic, 1790–1840
    • 2. Anglo-Saxons and Others, 1840–1924
    • 3. Becoming Caucasian, 1924–1965
  • II. History, Race, and Perception
    • 4. 1877: The Instability of Race
    • 5. Looking Jewish, Seeing Jews
  • III. The Manufacture of Caucasians
    • 6. The Crucible of Empire
    • 7. Naturalization and the Courts
    • 8. The Dawning Civil Rights Era
  • Epilogue: Ethnic Revival and the Denial of White Privilege
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Co-Winner, 1999 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association
  • 1998 Best Book Award, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
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