<i>A Great Conspiracy against Our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century</i>

From 10 to 10 of February, 2015
( 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm )

A Great Conspiracy against Our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century

Peter G. Vellon, Queens College, CUNY

In A Great Conspiracy against Our Race (New York University Press, 2014), Peter Vellon explores how Italian immigrants, a once undesirable and “swarthy” race, assimilated into dominant white culture through the influential national and radical Italian-language press in New York City. This book investigates the ways in which these newspapers constructed race, class, and identity from 1886 through 1920. Their frequent coverage of racially charged events of the time, as well as other controversial topics such as capitalism and religion, reveals how the papers constructed a racial identity as Italian, American, and white. Vellon’s work is an important contribution to U.S. history of immigration and race.

Calandra Italian American Institute