Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post–Civil Rights America

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In the 1970s, white ethnics mobilized around a new version of the epic tale of plucky immigrants making their way in the New World through the sweat of their brow. Although this turn to ethnicity was for many an individual search for familial and psychological identity, Roots Too establishes a broader white social and political consensus arising in response to the political language of the Civil Rights movement.
 

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In this intriguing and closely argued book, Jacobson tells the story of how it came to be fashionable for white Americans to rediscover their ethnic heritage-be it Italian or Irish, Jewish or Catholic ... Read full review

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Contents

Beyond Hansens Law
1
Hyphen Nation
11
Golden Door Silver Screen
72
Old World Bound
130
The Immigrants Bootstraps and Other Fables
177
I Take Back My Name
206
Our Heritage Is Our Power
246
Whose America Whos America?
312
Ireland at JFK
389
Notes
399
Acknowledgments
465
Index
471
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About the author (2006)

Matthew Frye Jacobson, a professor of American Studies at Yale, is the author of "Whiteness of a Different Color" & "Special Sorrows". He lives in New York City.

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