Diverse Nations: Explorations in the History of Racial and Ethnic Pluralism

Diverse Nations: Explorations in the History of Racial and Ethnic Pluralism

by George M. Fredrickson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594515743

ISBN-13: 9781594515743

Pub. Date: 01/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

One of the world's leading historians of race relations, George Fredrickson in his newest book probes the history of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States and other parts of the world. Diverse Nations explores recent interpretations of slavery and race relations in the United States and introduces comparative perspectives on Europe, South Africa, and

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One of the world's leading historians of race relations, George Fredrickson in his newest book probes the history of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States and other parts of the world. Diverse Nations explores recent interpretations of slavery and race relations in the United States and introduces comparative perspectives on Europe, South Africa, and Brazil. Notably, the book features groundbreaking work comparing ethnoracial pluralism in France and the United States. In contrast to the similarities of race relations in the United States and South Africa, which both drew rigid domestic color lines, the United States and France have historically diverged greatly in their approaches to racial difference. Yet both are influenced by a common heritage of revolutionary republicanism, extensive immigration, and cultural pluralism. Fredrickson's rich comparisons provide stimulating new insights into the continuing impacts of slavery and beliefs about race upon our increasingly pluralistic societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594515743
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
U.S. History in International Perspective
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Perspectives on Ethnoracial Diversity in the United States

Ch. 1 Models of American Ethnic Relations: A Historical Perspective 11

Ch. 2 The Historical Construction of Race and Citizenship in the United States 21

Ch. 3 America's Diversity in Comparative Perspective 39

Ch. 4 John Higham's Plural America 56

Pt. 2 Slavery and Racism: Historiographic Interventions

Ch. 5 The Skeleton in the Closet 67

Ch. 6 They'll Take Their Stand: Davis and Genovese 78

Ch. 7 America's Original Sin 87

Ch. 8 The Long Trek to Freedom 96

Ch. 9 Redcoat Liberation 105

Ch. 10 Black Hearts and Monsters of the Mind: Race and Identity in Antebellum America 114

Ch. 11 Still Separate and Unequal: The Strange Career of Affirmative Action 125

Pt. 3 Cross-National Comparisons

Ch. 12 Race and Racism in Historical Perspective: Comparing the United States, South Africa, and Brazil 137

Ch. 13 Beyond Race? Ideological Color-Blindness in the United States, Brazil, and South Africa 159

Ch. 14 Diverse Republics: French and American Responses to Racial Pluralism 170

Ch. 15 Mulattoes and Metis: Attitudes toward Miscegenation in the United States and France since the Seventeenth Century 185

Notes 197

Index 217

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