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American Studies | Ethnic Studies | History | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social History
race, ethnicity, Italian Americans, Columbus, identity
This thesis explores the relationship between ethnicity and race, “whiteness,” in the American racial system through the lens of Italian/Americans. Firstly, it overviews the current scholarship on Italian/Americans and whiteness. Secondly, it analyzes methodologies that are useful for understanding race in an American context. Thirdly, it presents a case study on the Columbus symbol and the battle over identity that arose out of, and continues over, this symbol. Finally, this thesis provides suggestions using the case study and methodologies to open up new ways of understanding Italian/Americans and the American racial system.
Cerulli, Stephen J., "Italian/Americans and the American Racial System: Contadini to Settler Colonists?" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.