American Whiteness Studies, Integration And Segregation History Reading List

The term “whiteness” as used here should be considered a cultural construct rather than a racial catagory.

  1. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race by Matthew Frye Jacobson
  2. Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs by David R. Roediger
  3. How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
  4. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  5. Rise of the Planter Class in the South Carolina Backcountry, 1760-1808 by Rachel N. Klein
  6. The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green
  7. Rule Of Racialization: Class, Identity, Governance by Steve Martinot
  8. The Machinery of Whiteness: Studies in the Structure of Racialization by Steve Martinot
  9. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David R. Roediger
  10. Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America by Rich Benjamin
  11. White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh
  12. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson
  13. The Rise and Fall of the White Republic: Class Politics and Mass Culture in Nineteenth Century America by Alexander Saxton
  14. Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 by Grace Elizabeth Hale
  15. Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White by David R. Roediger
  16. The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege by Robert Jensen
  17. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
  18. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  19. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass by Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton
  20. Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925 by John Higham 
  21. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  22. Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights by Robin Bernstein
  23. The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City by James R. Barrett
  24. The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness by Veronica T. Watson
  25. The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity by Eric L. Goldstein
  26. How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin
  27. White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 by Michael Phillips
  28. The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness by Angie Maxwell
  29. Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965 by Jason Morgan Ward