Review: The Price of Whiteness

Eric L. Goldstein, The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006), 239 pages excluding index and endnotes.

The book is about the shifting relationships Jews had with Whiteness, race, and Blacks. My review is in the classic law review sense of the term — I use the book as an excuse to talk about what I want to talk about — in this case, how the “Whitening” of Jews paradoxically made them more likely to support civil rights than when their racial status was ambiguous.