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The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity

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What has it meant to be Jewish in a nation preoccupied with the categories of black and white? The Price of Whiteness documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture since the late nineteenth century. The book traces Jews' often tumultuous encounter with race from the 1870s through World War II, when they became vested as part of America's white mains ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan Rice
Jun 23, 2012 Jan Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Price of Whiteness is primarily sociology. In style it reminded me of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, which I read last year: a series of heavily footnoted chapters documenting the author's points and assertions.

The overall thesis is that "whiteness" is an ideology, not some sort of God-given fact. For example, their skin color notwithstanding, for nearly the entire 19th century in America, Irish immigrants were not considered white.

Goldstein's thesis is, further, that the utility a
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May 17, 2008 Eric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
What has it meant to be Jewish in a nation preoccupied with categories of black and white? This book documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture form the late nineteench century through World War II, when they became vested as part of America's white mainstream. The author demonstrates how the process of identifying as white Americans was an ambivalent one, filled with hard choices and conflicting emotions for Jewish immigrants and their children.
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