Inbetween Peoples: Race, Nationality and the New Immigrant Working Class



In 1980, Joseph Loguidice, an elderly Italian-American from Chicago, sat down to give his life story to an interviewer. His first and most vivid childhood recollection was of a race riot that had occurred on the city’s near north side. Wagons full of policemen with ‘peculiar hats’ streamed into his neighbourhood. But the ‘one thing that stood out in my mind’, Loguidice remembered after six decades, was ‘a man running down the middle of the street hollering … “I’m White, I’m White! ” ’ After first taking him for an African-American, Loguidice soon realised that the man was a white coal-handler covered in dust. He was screaming for his life, fearing that ‘people would shoot him down’. He had, Loguidice concluded, ‘got caught up in … this racial thing’.1


Immigrant Worker Racial Status Black Worker American Race Interracial Marriage 
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