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One way to be white, according to Ignatiev (history, Massachusetts College of Art) is to make sure nobody thinks you are Black. Ignatiev, also well known as a co-founder of the journal Race Traitor, notes that the Irish fled a homeland under foreign occupation and a caste system that reduced them to the lowest form of humanity. When they came to America they found their identity was defined instead by the color of their skin. Quickly, the oppressed became the oppressors and the new Irish immigrants proved they could be more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than those who had come before, with the Irish Protestant Ascendancy serving as role models. Published in 1995 and a source of controversy ever since, this is a significant part of Ignatiev's stated agenda to abolish the white race. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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' from time to time a study comes along that truly can be called path breaking, seminal, essential, a must read. How the Irish Became White is such a study.' John Bracey, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachussetts, Amherst

The Irish came to America in the eighteenth century, fleeing a homeland under foreign occupation and a caste system that regarded them as the lowest form of humanity. In the new country a land of opportunity they found a very different form of social hierarchy, one that was based on the color of a person 's skin. Noel Ignatiev 's 1995 book the first published work of one of America 's leading and most controversial historians tells the story of how the oppressed became the oppressors; how the new Irish immigrants achieved acceptance among an initially hostile population only by proving that they could be more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than the nativists. This is the story of How the Irish Became White.

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ISBN:
9780415963091
Author:
Ignatiev, Noel
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Ignatiev Noel
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Routledge Classics
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.50x5.00x.90 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , ' from time to time a study comes along that truly can be called path breaking, seminal, essential, a must read. How the Irish Became White is such a study.' John Bracey, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachussetts, Amherst

The Irish came to America in the eighteenth century, fleeing a homeland under foreign occupation and a caste system that regarded them as the lowest form of humanity. In the new country a land of opportunity they found a very different form of social hierarchy, one that was based on the color of a person 's skin. Noel Ignatiev 's 1995 book the first published work of one of America 's leading and most controversial historians tells the story of how the oppressed became the oppressors; how the new Irish immigrants achieved acceptance among an initially hostile population only by proving that they could be more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than the nativists. This is the story of How the Irish Became White.

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