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In the first half of the 19th century, some three million Irish emigrated to part of a white racial class is the focus of Harvard lecturer Ignatiev’s well-researched. The relevant scholarly literature seems to have started with Noel Ignatiev’s book “ How the Irish Became White,” and taken off from there. “How the Irish Became White”. by Noel Ignatiev. Routledge. “It is a curious fact,” wrote John Finch, an English Owenite who traveled the.

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We do not hate you or anyone else for the color of her skin. In my opinion this guy’s language can get a little confusing as he seems to be trying a little too hard to be provocative. Ignatiev’s book on Irish immigrants has been criticized for “conflat[ing] race and economic position” and for ignoring data that contradicts his theses. Jan 15, Blakely rated it really liked it.

Nativism was predominantly anti-Catholic. As we take that intellectual journey we may also discover hos we really are…. Ignatiev asserts that the only logical explanation for this notion is that people are members of different racial categories because society assigns people to these categories.

How the Irish Became White Routledge classics. So I was ignatjev to see so many positive reviews, but wnite other kind of negative review mentioned another book that handled it better, Allen’s The Invention of the White Race, so I guess I will eventually try that.

I think there was a lot more to be told. The Ulster Irish the protestants. You are commenting using your WordPress. What is interesting in this book is that the author lays much of the blame for this on the labour movement.

How the Irish Became White

Refresh and try again. The racial warfare which occurred throughout Philly was really quite drastic: There is never any discussion about what being W A very disappointing book that never answers the question in the title. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Retrieved April 19, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Irihs your comment here Views Read Edit View history.


Just a theory, tye. Return to Book Page. It means wanting to do away with crowns, thrones, titles, and the privileges attached to them. In fact the Irish Catholic immigrant and black populations barely overlapped geographically in the 19th century.

The book will go along way towards connecting Irish-Ameri I think this is one of Noel’s best pieces of writings. There is even humor here, humor of a darkly ironical sort, as all sorts of unlikely alliances come and go through the decades leading up to the Civil War. One of the best works of history on race in America ever written. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is hard to imagine that the Irish once was perceived by white protestants and barely human.

Ignatiev views race distinctions and race itself as a social constructnot a scientific reality. To secure jobs for themselves, the Irish became the hammer that pounded away at racial segregation to force African Americans out of the factories and into poverty and the ghetto.

Noel Ignatiev

Want to Read saving…. This book could still be better but he’s definitely not the murderous psychopath that so many are accusing him of being. The Wages of Whiteness: A Marxist activist, he was involved in strikes by the mostly African-American laborers of the steel mill.

European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. In the end, racism hurts those on the bottom of the social order much more than those at the top.

Noel Ignatiev – Wikipedia

A sloppy book, full of important facts but not well enough contextualized to hold one’s interest. Inhe was laid off from the steel mill, approximately a year after an arrest on charges of attacking a strike-breaker’s car with a paint bomb. A very disappointing book that never answers the question in the ignaiev. One finely-written history that challenges a lot of assumptions one may have harbored about our common American past.


They were not indentured servants as some would have you believe and they numbered in the hundreds of thousands. It’s pretty ridiculous though that anyone could “mistake” his message for advocacy of genocide against Caucasians.

Review of “How the Irish Became White”

We are prepared to send pregnant women, sick children, and disabled children to tiny tent cities on achingly poor Pacific islands. I don’t remember where I saw this book recommended initially, but having finished up some reading on African American history, and having had some questions on how we perceive race from the White Santa debacle http: In our view, whiteness has a lot in common with royalty: I think I envisioned the focus being more on the socioeconomics of Irish immigrants in America and their experiences juxtaposed with those of black Americans and other immigrant groups but the point of view is much more narrow and political – which makes sense but like I said just not as interesting to me – and if it does expand its POV it happens much too late in the book in my opinion.

March 2, at 8: Or has some elements of such?

Ignatiev looks to the all-too-human need of any oppressed group to find someone farther down the totem pole and to the way in which elites used race as a wedge to keep poor whites separate from and hostile to blacks both slave and free.

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Despite its grim subject matter, Ignatiev’s writing style is lively and absorbing. In a letter to the Harvard student newspaper, the Harvard CrimsonIgnatiev wrote: The officers were fascinated by the local Aboriginals, but held the convicts in utter contempt.


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