Publisher: University of Texas Press, 2006
Paperback: 296 pages
List Price: $19.95
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Texas history, southern history, and Jewish history...
As Phillips persuasively argues, Dallas is
almost absurdly understudied.
Benjamin Heber Johnson, Southern Methodist University
From the nineteenth century until today, the power brokers of Dallas have always portrayed their city as a progressive, pro-business, racially harmonious community that has avoided the racial, ethnic, and class strife that roiled other Southern cities. But does this image of Dallas match the historical reality? In this book, Michael Phillips delves deeply into Dallas's racial and religious past and uncovers a complicated history of resistance, collaboration, and assimilation between the city's African American, Mexican American, and Jewish communities and its white power elite.
Exploring more than 150 years of Dallas history, Phillips reveals how white business leaders created both a white racial identity and a Southwestern regional identity that excluded African Americans from power and required Mexican Americans and Jews to adopt Anglo-Saxon norms to achieve what limited positions of power they held. He also demonstrates how the concept of whiteness kept these groups from allying with each other, and with working- and middle-class whites, to build a greater power base and end elite control of the city. Comparing the Dallas racial experience with that of Houston and Atlanta, Phillips identifies how Dallas fits into regional patterns of race relations and illuminates the unique forces that have kept its racial history hidden until the publication of this book.
East Texas Historical Review
Review of White Metropolis by Dr. Cary D. Wintz of the East Texas Historical Review Vol. XLV, No 2 (Fall 2007) -- Read PDF file
An interview with Michael Phillips by D Magazine's Rod Davis
"...This will be gasket-blowing stuff for some; cause for high-fives for others. In any case, given the paucity of serious scholarly analysis of the city, this book should join the slim canon as a must-read for informed citizens..."
Opinion Section Cover Story, Sunday April 9, 2006
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Book Review: March 1, 2006
"Dr. Phillips argues that Dallas leaders sought to divide and conquer Hispanics, Jews and working-class whites by effectively requiring them to adopt a white identity in exchange for small social and economic concessions. The results could be heartbreaking. In the late 1930s, one Hispanic child in Dallas told a researcher, "I don't like being a Mexican. I want to be an American." That is exactly the sort of statement that Dallas leaders have wanted the community to forget. It is Dr. Phillips' great achievement to make sure that will not happen." -- Craig Flournoy
Read Craig Flournoy's complete book review of White Metropolis in the Dallas Morning News now.
"An ambitious work, White Metropolis deserves attention..." says the January 2007 review of White Metropolis, featured in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Read it now as a PDF file.
Pacific Historical Review / May 2007, Vol. 76
Robert B. Fairbanks of the University of Texas at Arlington reviews White Metropolis in the Pacific Historical Review. Read it in PDF now.
Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas / Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall, 2006)
A positive review of White Metropolis from Legacies. Read it in PDF.
The American Historical Review, Vol. 112, No. 3 -- June 2007
The American Historical Review's snippy review of White Metropolis. Read it in PDF.
Radio Interviews and Podcasts
October 23, 2006 -- Podcast of Michael Phillips’ appearance on “The Talk Show” on KERA-FM in Dallas
January 19, 2007 -- KERA’S Sam Baker interviews Michael Phillips on Texas House Speakers (full-length version)
January 19, 2007 -- KERA’S Sam Baker interviews Michael Phillips on Texas House Speakers (short version)
Podcast -- Michael Phillips' Speech Before Democracy for America
March 31, 2006: KERA-FM -- Listen to author Michael Phillips interviewed by Sam Baker on KERA-FM on this popular Dallas/Fort Worth public radio station. LISTEN NOW (MP3 format) or Go to KERA page to listen now
Feb. 10, 2006: KUT -- Listen to an excerpt from an interview with author Michael Phillips by KUT Radio's Jennifer Stayton. LISTEN NOW (MP3 format) or Go to KUT Radio page now
October 24, 2006 Speech to the Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Heritage Village
View the YouTube video of Michael Phillips' speech to the Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Heritage Village October 24, 2006
A debate about the October 24th speech on D Magazine's Frontburner blog (in 3 parts)
Other Reviews/Web Comments about White Metropolis