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. Noel Ignatiev is an American author and historian. He is best known for his work on race and When that organization fractured in the late s, Ignatiev became part of the Third-Worldist and Maoist New Ignatiev asserts that the Irish were not initially accepted as white by the dominant English-American population .

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I have read this book and it was very revealing regarding the Irish. No people should take pride in their rise, if they have kept their boot on the neck of another people to keep them down. Much of the book centers ho Philadelphia, which made this book doubly relevant for me. Nevertheless, with a subject as intriguing as the early times of Irish in America, the book can be gripping, and I would highly recommend it.

Most insightful were his thoughts on the concept of race in general featured in the afterward. Jun 23, Shaun rated it liked it. We are prepared to send pregnant women, sick children, and disabled children to tiny tent cities on achingly poor Pacific islands. In other projects Wikiquote. PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited States [1]. Ignatiev carefully explores and challenges the Irish tradition of labor protest and the Irish role in the wave of iggnatiev violence that swept the country in the s and s.

I don’t remember where I saw this book recommended initially, but having finished up some reading jgnatiev African American history, and having had some questions on how we perceive race from the White Santa debacle http: Their Democratic leader becaame the Civil War era, opposing Lincoln, was August Belmont a German immigrant who was a relative and business agent of the Rothschild ignatlev.

When the Irish, particularly the rural Catholic Irish, began to flood the eastern cities of the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century their position in society was very low, the lowest, in fact, of any large immigrant population of the era. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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. Interview of Alex Knight Part 1.


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April 30, at 1: By continuing nol use this website, you agree to their use. From inside the book. It is not fair skin that makes people white; it is fair skin in a certain kind of society, one that attaches social importance to skin color.

Do you have any racially neurotic friends?

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Mar 17, Katie rated it it was ok Shelves: Children and tthe included. These same gangs soon involved themselves in Democratic Party machine politics by stuffing ballot boxes, roughing up potential voters, and putting forth Irish candidates for offices.

Notify me of new posts via email. It was the sort of thing where you wish for a different writing style or better editing, but the book was short so I was going to stick with it.

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. The Irish had rights in the United States that were denied them in Ireland by their English masters–they could vote, hold office, own property and go to school but to be really accepted or feel they were the Irish had to differentiate themselves hhe an underclass and therefore create themselves as better than and over people of color who had many of the same class interests.

How the Irish Became White

What I found interesting, and believe Ignatiev ignatoev a good job portraying, is that the race riots were actually in response to the economic condition of US capitalism. Is Ignatiev right that a free society can only be achieved on this land when “Whiteness” ceases to be a social category used to privilege one group of workers over another? September 22, at 7: How was it, Ignatiev asks, that they assimilated hoel the nation?

How did the Irish become White? Sep 09, Trevor rated it liked it Shelves: Generally speaking, the mistreatment of the Irish in the US is exaggerated and misrepresented. Capitalism and Ecological Limits Part 2B. What is interesting in this book is that the author lays much of the blame for this on the labour movement.


In order to secure jobs, the Irish embedded themselves in the fight for racial segregation; hoping to force African Americans out of the factories and further into poverty. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In order to overcome these barriers, the Irish made a strategic choice: Jul 29, david rated it really liked it. A Marxist activist, he was involved in strikes by the mostly African-American laborers of the steel mill. Yet they came to America and began to do the same thing to African Americans that were being done to them by the English.

It is obscene and shameful. The answer 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 in the Riish by African slavery. He was bow from the POC in Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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 nodl.

Theres alot more to it.

He teaches history at the Massachusetts College of Art. So that leads to suspicions about his motives, but he just wrote a book about racial oppression and did not seem to be in favor of it. Moreover, the principal villains in stirring up anti-black sentiment were Anglo-Saxon Protestants and some other German ethnics connected to commercial interests profiting from slavery. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Ignatiev’s web site and publication Race Traitor display the motto “treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity”. Boy, don’t that sound familiar. Ignatiev traces the ignztiev history of Irish and African-American relations, revealing how the Irish used labor unions, the Catholic Church and the Democratic party to help gain and secure their newly found place in the White Republic.