This dazzling collection of original essays from some of the country's leading thinkers asks the rather intriguing question - Are Italians White? Each piece carefully explores how, when and why whiteness became important to Italian Americans, and the significance of gender, class and nation to racial identity.
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Jennifer Guglielmo is Assistant Professor of History at Smith College. Salvatore Salerno is an independent scholar who has taught at University of Massachusetts at Boston, California State University at Sacramento, and Macalester College. David Roediger (afterword) is the Kendrick Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois and the author of many books, including Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class.Review:
These thoughtful essays on the construction of race, ethnicity, nationalism, and their consequences for culture, conflict, and solidarity ought to be mandatory reading for anti-racists everywhere.
--Robin D. G. Kelley, USC
Are Italians White? is great social and cultural history. Guglielmo and Salerno have "done the right thing." This is a compelling volume.
--Robert A.Orsi, Northwestern University
Are Italians White? works from a strong antiracist premise and follows the thread of progressive, activist Italian-American history into the present. Bravo!
--Micaela di Leonardo, Northwestern University
This is an outstanding collection, combining sympathy for its subjects, passion for the truth, a critical outlook, and exemplary scholarship.
--Noel Ignatiev, author of How the Irish Became White
This splendid collection is certain to prompt critical rethinking of the way in which the so-called "new immigrants" negotiated their transition from foreigners to members of mainstream America.
--Rick Halpern, University of Toronto
"This book cuts to the heart of the similarities and the differences between Italian Americans and African Americans, which historically has been a volatile mix. I applaud this insightful scrutiny."
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