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The Irish immigrants were (self-evidently) not A. How the Irish Became White. Noel Ignatiev, Author, Ignatiev Noel, Author Routledge $55 (p) ISBN. “How the Irish Became White”. by Noel Ignatiev. Routledge. “It is a curious fact,” wrote John Finch, an English Owenite who traveled the. The relevant scholarly literature seems to have started with Noel Ignatiev’s book “ How the Irish Became White,” and taken off from there.

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Black churches, homes, and businesses were regularly attacked and burned during the 19th century. I’d summarize the main lesson as: While many of the primary sources support Irish racism, fewer support Ignatiev’s befame on where it began. They were rich and owned slaves. An excellent history of the class and racial identity of Irish in America in the EP Thompson mode, although it doesn’t have nearly the comprehensiveness of The making of the English Working Class.

So very good, but a bit scattered, and it reads almost like a preliminary sketch of a greater work. My Irish mom loved it. Iriwh inside the book.

Review of “How the Irish Became White”

It was also one that was not necessarily foreseeable or inevitable. Ignatiev examines one nation, and the history of one One of the best works of history on race in America ever written. So much for proletarian internationalism The officers were fascinated by the local Aboriginals, but held the convicts in utter contempt. I guess partly because Australia as a nation is obsessed with borders at the moment.

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 ignstiev on how we perceive race from the White Santa debacle http: As part of a group of social scientists and geneticists that views race distinctions and race itself as a social construct, he is best known ugnatiev his call to abolish the “white race” meaning “white privilege and race identity” while being the co-founder of the New Abolitionist Society and co-editor of the jo Noel Ignatiev is an American history professor who earned his Ph.


The Irish corpes were thrown overboard and fed to the sharks that would follow these ships waiting for their feeding. The racial warfare which occurred throughout Philly was really quite drastic: Bring on the next family gathering. He attempts to explain how Irish Americans embraced the privileges of their “whiteness” in beczme United States over against the plight of their African-American urban neighbors and against the cause of the abolitionists, in order to cast off the scorn of their oppressed existence in Ireland and as despised emigrants in the New Republic.

How the Irish Became White – Noel Ignatiev – Google Books

Being a Bastard The Lefthander’s Path. 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.

All the same, some people, even Irish people, clearly did support abolition and did have human decency. The extreme violence and corruption shocked me at first, but in fact explains quite a lot about the current reality of Philadelphia, which remains racially tense and divided to this day.

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Therefore, whute about divide and conquer will always be important. The subject is very interesting and I really wanted to get through to the conclusion but the writing is just so – dry, dense, not as punchy as the title would suggest which is a bit whatever the print equivalent of “click-baity” is, I admit.

Northern industrial labor markets were saturated by waves of immigrants and freed slaves competing over lower and lower wages. In order to overcome these barriers, the Irish made a strategic choice: You are commenting using your Facebook account. What started as an opportunity to make an interesting, educated, intelligent point on the history of race relations in America, quickly degraded ignateiv a tired, narrow-viewed blast against an inatiev group who would dare assimilate into their new land.

Ignatiev’s goal tge he succeeds and i hope far more scholars join him is to ‘dig under the walls of’ Ethnic Studies, Black Studies and labor history. Capitalism and Ecological Limits Part 2B. It will definitely make you cast a jaundiced eye toward anyone who talks about how hard the Irish had it when they first came to America.


This is all speculation Africa is slot bigger, alot more room to hide, jungles, other non slave tribes and what not. Lots of good information to support an important premise but so poorly organized and edited that it becomes frustrating to read. irsih

Ignatiev explores how Irishmen found employment in Philly by systematically excluding Blacks from any workplaces they were involved in: 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. Remember that for over years there have been incredible tensions between two sections of the population, the main difference between them being that one group is rather fond of Jesus and the other group quite likes his mum.

Mar 16, joshua rated it really liked it.

How the Irish Became White

I graduated from college at about the start of the great recession and it was the only time in my life I ever acted even the slightest bit racist. These Irish had a choice – join the fight against slavery like many Irish still home in Ireland urged them to do uniting with slaves to forge During the potato famine large numbers of unskilled, poor Irish started arriving in America. The npel this book gives is not an uplifting one, hinging as it does upon, generally, the manufacture and maintenance of in and out groups and upon, particularly, the race lines established hkw the USA by African slavery.

After freeing the slaves they were upset, because iynatiev negros and Irish were compeeting for tge same lousy jobs.

Books by Noel Ignatiev.