White on Arrival

White on Arrival

Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945

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Taking the mass Italian immigration of the late 19th century as his starting point and drawing on dozens of oral histories and a diverse array of primary sources in English and Italian, Guglielmo focuses on how perceptions of Italians' race and color were shaped in one of America's great centers of immigration and labor, Chicago. His account weaves together the major events of Chicago immigrant history--the "Chicago Color Riot" of 1919, the rise of Italian organized crime, and the rise of industrial unionism--with national and international events--such as the rise of fascism and the Italian-Ethiopian War of 1935-36--to present the story of how Italians approached, learned, and lived race. By tracking their evolving position in the city's racial hierarchy, Guglielmo reveals the impact of racial classification--both formal and informal--on immigrants' abilities to acquire homes and jobs, start families, and gain opportunities in America.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780195155433
0195155432
9780195178029
0195178025
Branch Call Number: F548.9.I8 G84 2003
305.851 Guglielmo
Characteristics: ix, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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