Historicizing Whiteness Factsheet

Madison G.



This factsheet contextualizes the racialized transformation of French Canadians and Irish Catholics from 'non-white' in the 19th century to 'becoming white' in the 20th century. The factsheet challenges readers to confront the instability of 'race' and exemplifes how 'whiteness' acts as a political tool to ostracize and oppress groups.



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