Author Examines 'The History Of White People' Conversations about race often focus on what it means to be black. But in her new book, The History of White People historian Nell Irvin Painter explores the concept of "whiteness" — and finds that who is "white" has actually changed throughout America's history.

Author Examines 'The History Of White People'

Author Examines 'The History Of White People'

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Nell Irvin Painter is professor of history emerita at Princeton University. Robin Holland hide caption

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Nell Irvin Painter is professor of history emerita at Princeton University.

Robin Holland

Conversations about race often focus on what it means to be black, and throughout American history, laws have struggled with the rights of people of mixed race. But in her new book, The History of White People, historian Nell Irvin Painter explores the concept of whiteness — and explains how many ethnic groups now regarded as white, from Irish, Jews, Italians were once excluded from mainstream American society.

The History of White People
By Nell Irvin Painter

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