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The Working Class in Fitzgeralds Great Gatsby The first half of the twentieth century saw dramatic changes in the social structure of the United States In the nineteenth century it was relatively unusual in many parts of the country to meet a Roman Catholic -- similarly odd to meet someone whose native tongue was not English Anyone who fit these descriptions was likely to be unabashedly working class Suddenly however the country saw an enormous influx of people whose backgrounds were very unlike those of the founding fathers Italians Poles Russians Hispanics Greeks Slovaks Some were Roman Catholic some Orthodox some Jewish But their languages and their customs made them suspect to the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who had come to consider themselves indigenous to the continent and taken together with the freed blacks who were steadily making their way into the Northern cities they reveal a different face from the one the wealthier side of America was used to We can see the degree to which this makes people like Tom Buchanan nervous from the context of his discussion of Goddards The Rise of the Colored Empires According to Judie Newman and Douglas Tallack this book did not really exist but was intended by Fitzgerald to represent two real books of that era TL Stoddards The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy 1920 and Madison Grants The Passing of the Great Race 1916 Newman and Tallack contexthtm These books were written to counter the melting-pot philosophy which so dominated liberal politics particularly in the East Tom says Goddard has written a fine book and everybody ought to read it The idea is if we dont look out the white race will be -- will be utterly submerged Its all scientific stuff its been proved Fitzgerald 19 When he says white we need to realize that he means something completely different than we do when we use that term He
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