The History of White People

The History of White People

Book - 2010
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Historian Painter centers her momentous study of racial classification on the slave trade and the nation-building efforts which dominated the United States in the 18th century, when thinkers led by Ralph Waldo Emerson strove to explain the rapid progress of America within the context of white superiority. Her research is filled with frequent, startling realizations about how tenuous and temporary our racial classifications really are.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393049343
Branch Call Number: History 305.8 Pai


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JCLJohnK Oct 06, 2018

A must read for anyone interested in the history and evolution of the concept of race in Western society. This work focuses on Europe and America and the ways "race" has been redefined through the ages. It offers a perspective that gets behind all of our basic assumptions.

Jun 02, 2016

It will shock some well-educated people how racial prejudices motivated "white people" (the definition constantly changing) to place themselves above the "huddled masses" and define race on a "Christian" scale. But the concept of race is relatively modern but forefathers such Emerson and Teddy Roosevelt were true believers in their own words. A detailed and unwavering history of the concept of race, all the head measuring and the so-called science of beauty. The author has done solid work and has an easy style to follow. Bravo!

Apr 25, 2011

Great overview of the concept of whiteness, especially pertaining to the USA. Chapters tend to be brief and the author covers a nice breadth topics, so the book rarely drags.



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