How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon

How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon

by David R. Roediger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844674347

ISBN-13: 9781844674343

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: Verso Books

In this absorbing chronicle of the role of race in US history, David R. Roediger explores how the idea of race was created and recreated from the 1600’s to the present day. From the late seventeenth century—the era in which DuBois located the emergence of “whiteness”—through the American revolution and the emancipatory Civil War, to

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In this absorbing chronicle of the role of race in US history, David R. Roediger explores how the idea of race was created and recreated from the 1600’s to the present day. From the late seventeenth century—the era in which DuBois located the emergence of “whiteness”—through the American revolution and the emancipatory Civil War, to the civil rights movement and the emergence of the American empire, How Race Survived US History reveals how race did far more than persist as an exception in a progressive national history. Roediger examines how race intersected all that was dynamic and progressive in US history, from democracy and economic development to migration and globalization.

Exploring the evidence that the USA will become a majority “non-white” nation in the next fifty years, this masterful account shows how race remains at the heart of American life in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844674343
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
890,148
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Suddenly White Supremacy: How Race Took Hold 1

2 Slavery's Shadow, Empire's Edge: How White Supremacy Survived Declarations of Independence 30

3 Managing to Continue: How Race Survive Capitalism and Free Labor 64

4 The Ends of Emancipation: How Race Survive Jubilee 99

5 A Nation Stays White: How Race Survived Mass Immigration 136

6 Colorblind Inequalities: How Race Survived Modern Liberalism 169

Afterword: Will Race Survive? 212

Sources, Inspirations and Suggested Further Reading 231

Index 245

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