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Title:"The Great Spirit of Solidarity": The Illinois Valley Mining Communities and the Formation of Interethnic Consciousness, 1889--1917
Author(s):Waldron-Merithew, Caroline Anne
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Barrett, James R.
Department / Program:History
Discipline:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Black Studies
Abstract:"The Great Spirit of Solidarity": The Illinois Valley Mining Communities and the Formation of Interethnic Consciousness, 1889--1917 uses the concept of transnationlism to examine the processes of Americanization and working class formation. The study focuses on the way in which working class residents of the multiethnic and multiracial Illinois valley defined ethnic, gender, race, and class identities, together and apart, at the turn of the century. I argue that U.S.-born men and women (Black and white) and immigrants from over a dozen different countries formed an hybrid radical culture here. Hybridity was at once a product of this American context, international capitalism, migration, and a diverse population whose ties reached outside of the U.S. The organization of the dissertation encompasses the problem of hybrid radical community formation. Each chapter explores a different component of the interethnic, incorporating analysis on place and spatial relations, skill and occupational consciousness, family life and gender identity, racial formation, radicalism, diaspora, and internationalism. The study's findings are based on qualitative and quantitative analysis and multilingual sources.
Issue Date:2000
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:381 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/84769
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9990180
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000


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