Diverse Nations: Explorations in the History of Racial and Ethnic Pluralismby George M. Fredrickson
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 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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Part One: Perspectives on Ethnoracial Diversity in the United States Chapter 1: Models of American Ethnic Relations: A Historical Perspective Chapter 2: The Historical Construction of Race and Citizenship in the United States Chapter 3: America's Diversity in Comparative Perspective Chapter 4: John Higham's Plural America Part Two: Slavery and Racism: Historiographic Interventions Chapter 5: The Skeleton in the Closet Chapter 6: They'll Take Their Stand: Davis and Genovese Chapter 7: America's Original Sin Chapter 8: The Long Trek to Freedom Chapter 9: Redcoat Liberation Chapter 10: Black Hearts and Monsters of the Mind: Race and Identity in Antebellum America Chapter 11: Still Separate and Unequal: The Strange Career of Affirmative Action Part Three: Cross-National Comparisons Chapter 12: Race and Racism in Historical Perspective: Comparing the United States, South Africa, and Brazil Chapter 13: Beyond Race? Ideological Color Blindness in the United States, Brazil, and South Africa Chapter 14: Diverse Republics: French and American Responses to Racial Pluralism Chapter 15: Mulattoes and Metis: Attitudes toward Miscegenation in the United States and France since the Seventeenth Century
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