The Black Image in the White Mind: The Debate on Afro-American Character and Destiny, 1817-1914 / Edition 1

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A study of issues of race in 19th century America.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A remarkably dispsionable and perceptive treatment of the complex pattern of 19th century American race-thinking…An indispensable study for all students of America culture.” —Anne C. Loveland, Civil War History

“A well-researched and highly readable account of the ‘development of intellectualized racist theory and ideology’ as it evolved from the beginning of the 19th century until the end of World War I…The book is a history of ideas, but also a study of how those ideas were ‘espoused and applied by race-conscious intellectuals, pseudointellectuals, publicists, and politicians.’ An essencial holding for all undergraduate and graduate libraries.”—Library Journal

“Trenchant, interesting and well-written… this volume should establish itself as indispensable and invaluable reading, as a starting point for anyone interested in America’s failure to absorb a large minority of a different color. In his ability to penetrate the surface of racist theory, his very thoughtful analysis and categorization of racist thought, with his consideration of intellectualized racism’s influence on policy, Fredrickson has provided us with a better understanding of the race problem in America.”
—Robert L. Harris, Jr., Journal of Negro History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819561886
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1987
  • Series: Wesleyan Paperback Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE M. FREDRICKSON has been Edgar E. Robinson Professor of United States History at Stanford University since 1984. He is author of The Inner Civil War, The Black Image in the White Mind (Wesleyan Paperback), and White Supremacy, for which he won the Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Merle Curti awards; this book was also a Pulitzer Prize runner-up. The Black Image in the White Mind received the Anisfield-Wolf Award.

A graduate of Harvard University (A.B. 1956, Ph.D. 1964), Fredrickson served in he U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1960 and taught at Northwestern University from 1966 to 1984; he was William Smith Mason Professor after 1979. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo in 1956-57 and a Fulbright professor of American History at Moscow University in 1983. FREDRICKSON has twice been appointed senior fellow of National Endowment for the Humanities; he was a Guggenhim fellow in 1968-69 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His home is in Stanford, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Wesleyan Edition
Chapter One: Prejudice and Reformism: The Colonization Idea and the Abolitionist Response, 1817-1840
Chapter Two: Slavery and Race: The Southern Dilemma
Chapter Three: Science, Polygenesis, and the Proslavery Argument, Chapter Four: Uncle Tom and the Anglo-Saxons: Romantic Racialism in the North
Chapter Four White Nationalism: “Fee Soil” and the Ideal of Racial Homogeneity
Chapter Six: Race and Reconstruction
Chapter Seven: The New South and the New Paternalism, 1877-1890
Chapter Eight: The Vanishing Negro: Darwinism and the Conflict of the Races
Chapter Nine: The Negro as Beast: Southern Negrophobia at the Turn of the Century
Chapter Ten: Accomodationist Racism and the Progressive Mentality
Chapter Eleven: Conclusion and Epilogue
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