Hotavio's Reviews > White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945

White on Arrival by Thomas A. Guglielmo
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Sep 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 20th-century-us-history, books-on-america, social-issues

White on Arrival argues that though Italian immigrants were widely seen as being on the bottom of the racial hierarchy, they still were largely accepted as white. This afforded newcomers opportunities that were not available to African Americans. Italian Americans were relatively slow to accept this as America's preoccupation with color was foreign to them, but upon seeing the benefits of being white, Italian immigrants learned to take advantage of this new status.
Gugliemo's book concentrates on racially charged Chicago. It is divided into pertinent arenas that affect both the Italian and African American "race."

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