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The Arrogance of Race is a significant contribution to the historiography of slavery and racism in America. George Fredrickson, one of the most respected and cogent historians of this complex and troubling subject, maintains that racism is a cultural phenomenon not a mere by-product of class conflict and colonialism. He opts for a “dualistic” rather than a more popular monolithic explanation of the tragedy of racism.
Introduction: Race, Class, and Consciousness
Part One: the Debate on Slavery and Race in the Civil War Era
Part Two: Historians of the Nineteenth-Century South
Part Three: Slavery and White Supremacy: Comparative Explorations