Are Italians White?: How Race Is Made in America

Are Italians White How Race Is Made in America 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

  • Title: Are Italians White?: How Race Is Made in America
  • Author: Jennifer Guglielmo
  • ISBN: 9780415934510
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    1. I'm not sure where to start except to say that this book has been transformative for me. "Are Italians White?: How Race is Made in America" is a collection of works that details the social construction of whiteness in America and specifically how that has affected Sicilians and Italians. I found myself in every piece. It was as if I was finally having the conversations I've been dying to have with others. I felt myself getting teary with certain pieces.Albeit academic and a little dry depending [...]

    2. Surprisingly non-academic and not-surprisingly insightful. I usually expect self-promulgating, excuse-making shit when I read this kind of stuff (i.e. my class made me do it, blech), but this is really way more evolved and interesting. Highly recommended to all my fellow progressive, somewhat self-loathing paisans and then some.

    3. A bit dry at times, though thoroughly interesting & well-thought out, this piece explores many perspectives of race, ethnicity, & immigration, ultimately arriving at the only semi-conclusive answer that while, now, yes, they are, this was not always so.

    4. This book spoke directly to a question I had thought about unconsciously for a very long time, and then consciously as of late. So I was very happy when I started to investigate the question and found this anthology existed. It didn't let me down, as there were several really intriguing essays exploring the Italian-American experience throughout the centuries from diverse angles (though I do think 3-4 of them could have been cut without losing much.) I learned the question is not really 'Are Ita [...]

    5. In case you're wondering, the answer is yes. The various essays in this book repeatedly point out that while Italians were considered inferior to WASP white people in the US, there was never a serious sustained effort to deny they were white with all the benefits that implies. The book looks at the complicated relationship of Italians with other whites and with blacks; in the early 20th century many Italian-Americans were against racism of all sorts, post-WW II as they moved further up the hiera [...]

    6. I had to read this for a class project a while back. Since I am Italian, I found this read incredibly educational. I never would have imagined Italians were considered both white and black when first arriving in America!If you are Italian, and would love to learn more about your peoples' history, read this book. If you love history and learning about cultures, this book could go either way it really depends on whether you find Italy and racism interesting subjects to read about.

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