American Studies professor wins national book award

Thomas A. Guglielmo, assistant professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2004 Frederick Jackson Turner Award by the Organization of American Historians for his recent book “White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945,” (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Tracking the mass Italian immigration of the late 19th century through the first half of the 20th century, “White on Arrival” explores the profound implications that perceptions of Italians’ race and color had for Chicago’s racial hierarchy and the impact of racial classification on immigrants’ abilities to gain opportunities in America.

The Frederick Jackson Turner Award, named in honor of the renowned frontier historian, is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for an author’s first book on some significant phase of American history. Guglielmo will receive the award at the group’s 2004 meeting March 25 to 28 in Boston.

A Notre Dame faculty member since 2002, Guglielmo specializes in race and ethnicity in America and the World War II American home front.

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