WASP (Chicago Tribune, May 1957)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 18 02:03:21 UTC 2004

On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

> 5 May 1957, CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, pg. 1:
> _A Trip to Appalachia:_
> _Visit to Middle Ages_
> They are what sociologists call a "wasp" group--a group bearing all the
> earmarks of a majority, i. e. white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, but
> generally treated as a minority group because of their background and
> culture patterns.

A truly important discovery!  Since the previous earliest known usage, the
Andrew Hacker usage in American Political Science Review discovered by me,
is dated December 1957, Barry's find now takes priority.

Fred Shapiro

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