Are Italians White?: How Race is Made in America

Are Italians White?: How Race is Made in America

By: Salvatore Salerno (editor), Jennifer Guglielmo (editor)Hardback

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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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Jennifer Guglielmo is Assistant Professor of History at Smith College. Salvatore Salerno is an independent scholar who has taught at University of Massachusetts at Boston, California State University at Sacramento, and Macalester College. David Roediger (afterword) is the Kendrick Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois and the author of many books, including Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class.


Acknowledgements Introduction: White Lies, Dark Truths Jennifer Guglielmo I. Learning the U.S. Color Line 1. Color: White/ Complexion: Dark Louise DeSalvo 2. "No Color Barrier": Italians, Race, and Power in the United States Thomas A. Guglielmo 3. Race, Nation, Hyphen: Italian-Americans and American Multiculturalism in Comparative Perspective Donna R. Gabaccia 4. Walking the Color Line: Italian Immigrants in Rural Louisiana, 1880-1910 Vincenza Scarpaci II. Radicalism and Race 5. Making the Italian Other: Blacks, Whites, and the Inbetween in the 1895 Spring Valley, Illinois Race Riot Caroline Waldron Merithew 6. "It is Providential That There Are Foreigners Here": Whiteness and Masculinity In the Making of Italian American Syndicalist Identity Michael Miller Topp 7. "I Delitti della Razza Bianca" (The Crimes of the White Race): Italian Immigrant Anarchists' Racial Discourse as Crime Salvatore Salerno 8. Surrealist, Anarchist, Afrocentrist: Philip Lamantia Before and After the "Beat Generation" Franklin Rosemont 9. The Frontlines: Hip-Hop, Life, and the Death of Racism Manifest III. Whiteness, Violence, and the Urban Crisis 10. When Sinatra Came to Italian Harlem: The 1945 "Race Riot" at Benjamin Franklin High School Gerald Meyer 11. Frank L. Rizzo and the Whitening of Italian Americans in Philadelphia Stefano Luconi 12. "Italians Against Racism": Yusef Hawkins (R.I.P.) and My March on Bensonhurst Joseph Sciorra IV. Toward a Black Italian Imaginary 13. Sangu du Sangu Meu: Growing up Black and Italian in a Time of White Flight Kym Ragusa 14. Figuring Race Edvige Giunta 15. Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Exposito: Life in the Borderlands John R. Gennari 16. Italiani/ Africani Ronnie Mae Painter and Rosette Capotorto Afterword: DuBois, Race, and Italian Americans Davod Roediger Notes Contributors Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780415934503
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 342
  • ID: 9780415934503
  • weight: 589
  • ISBN10: 0415934508

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