By David R. Roediger

On the forefront of the examine of race and hard work in American heritage, David R. Roediger is the writer of the now-classic The Wages of Whiteness, a examine of racism within the improvement of a white operating category in nineteenth-century the US. In Working towards Whiteness, he maintains that historical past into the 20th century. He recounts how American ethnic teams thought of white today-including Jewish-, Italian-, and Polish-Americans-once occupied a careworn racial prestige of their new nation. They finally turned a part of white the USA due to the nascent hard work move, New Deal reforms, and an increase in home-buying. From ethnic slurs to racially restrictive covenants--the racist genuine property agreements that ensured all-white neighborhoods--Roediger explores the murky realities of race in twentieth-century the USA. A masterful background by means of an award-winning author, Working towards Whiteness charts the unusual transformation of those new immigrants into the "white ethnics" of the United States at the present time.

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Thousands of troops are encamped here. ” The transformation of the city from a quiet Southern town into a bustling war time capital made a powerful impression on everyone who witnessed it. “Thousands of troops was sent to Richmond from all parts of the South,” remembered John M. Washington, a former slave who was hired out in the capital when the war broke out. ”57 Hood’s Texas Brigade, Texas to Virginia, 1861 40 Nation Building on the Road The new arrivals turned the city into a diverse hub where the full spectrum of Southern dialect, dress, and deportment was on vivid display.

Settlement moved along an east-west axis, with Virginians settling Kentucky, North Carolinians going to Tennessee, and South Carolinians and Georgians striking out for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 36 Land in the Deep South and Southwest was fertile, abundant, and relatively cheap. Most important, it did not easily cover with frost. This was a critical factor, since two hundred days of frost-free soil were a preliminary condition for growing the crop that made the South not just a section, but a kingdom.

48 The slave traders who led the coffles down south were carry ing with them not just individuals, but the institution of slavery itself. In 1790, 45 percent of the region’s black population lived in Virginia and the state was the geographic center of human bondage in America. On the eve of the Civil War, that rate had dropped to 12 percent and the center of the slave society had moved to western Georgia. 49 The Old Dominion, where American slavery had been born, was no longer the quintessential slave state.

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