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Working Toward Whiteness

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Working Toward Whiteness

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Working Toward Whiteness

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Today, names like Mancuso, Weisman and Conan only hint at their ethnic roots. But 100 years ago, any of them would have immediately been recognized as belonging to a distinct ethnic group, complete with stereotypes and discrimination. Talk of the Nation looks at how America has expanded the definition of whiteness throughout history.

Guest:

David Roediger, author of Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White and director of the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society at the University of Illinois in Urbana

Jaime Gamboa, editor of Tu Ciudad