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A Great Conspiracy against Our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century

Peter G. Vellon


Racial history has always been the thorn in America's side, with a swath of injustices—slavery, lynching, segregation, and many other ills—perpetrated against black people. This very history is complicated by, and also dependent on, what constitutes a white person in this country. Many of the European immigrant groups now considered white have also had to struggle with their own racial consciousness. This book explores how Italian immigrants, a once undesirable and “swarthy” race, assimilated into dominant white culture through the influential national and radical Italian language press in New ... More

Keywords: racial history, Italian immigrants, New York City, Italian immigrant community, immigrant press, racial consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814788486
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814788486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter G. Vellon, author