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

By: Thomas A. Guglielm

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 2004

Seller ID: 178029

ISBN: 0195178025

Condition: 296 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 3 maps, 5 halftones, 2 line illus., paperback, Oxford University Press


Immigrating to the United States, Italians, like all others arriving on America's shores, were made to fill out a standardized immigration form. In the box for race, they faced two choices: North Italian or South Italian. On the line requesting information on color, they wrote simply "white." By World War II, the only option they had for race and color questions was "white." This identification is suggestive of the many ways in which Italians became white on arrival in the United States, as Thomas A. Guglielmo demonstrates in this prize-winning book. While many suffered fr... View more info