White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945

Paperback | October 7, 2005

byThomas A. Guglielmo

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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 greatcenters of immigration and labor, Chicago. His account skillfully 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 offascism 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' abilitiesto acquire homes and jobs, start families, and gain opportunities in America.

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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 greatcenters of immigration and labor, Chicago. His ac...

Thomas A. Guglielmo is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:October 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195178025

ISBN - 13:9780195178029

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"A sophisticated and subtle analysis of how two very different notions of race, one grounded in perceptions of color and the other in nationality, shaped the experience of Italians in pre-World War II Chicago. Thomas Guglielmo's book marks an important advance in whiteness and immigrationscholarship and demonstrates, once again, the value of community studies to our understanding of modern America."--Gary Gerstle, author of American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century