The Color of Race in America, 1900-1940 / Edition 1by Matthew Pratt Guterl
Pub. Date: 10/30/2002
With the social change brought on by the Great Migration of African Americans into the urban northeast after the Great War came the surge of a biracial sensibility that made America different from other Western nations. How white and black people thought about race and how both groups understood and attempted to define and control the demographic transformation are… See more details below
With the social change brought on by the Great Migration of African Americans into the urban northeast after the Great War came the surge of a biracial sensibility that made America different from other Western nations. How white and black people thought about race and how both groups understood and attempted to define and control the demographic transformation are the subjects of this new book by a rising star in American history.
An elegant account of the roiling environment that witnessed the shift from the multiplicity of white races to the arrival of biracialism, this book focuses on four representative spokesmen for the transforming age: Daniel Cohalan, the Irish-American nationalist, Tammany Hall man, and ruthless politician; Madison Grant, the patrician eugenicist and noisy white supremacist; W. E. B. Du Bois, the African-American social scientist and advocate of social justice; and Jean Toomer, the American pluralist and novelist of the interior life. Race, politics, and classification were their intense and troubling preoccupations in a world they did not create, would not accept, and tried to change.
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- New Edition
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- 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Table of Contents
1. Salvaging a Shipwrecked World
2. Bleeding the Irish White
3. Against the White Leviathan
4. The Hypnotic Division of America
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Although it deals with some very complex issues and detailed historiographical arguments, this book does a wonderful job of being both readable and enlightening. Unlike the sloppy thinking in books like 'How the Irish Became White', 'The Color of Race' presents the complex process of racial definition in a way which is accessible and interesting without being superficial. This is a real triumph and should be a great asset to anyone interested in race and American society.