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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.
“Starred Review. This rousing, thought-provoking history illuminates the enveloping 400-year-old history of race in America, and the issues [Roediger] raises are as relevant as ever.”—Publishers Weekly
“Scholars and activists will be able to rely upon this book for much needed historical perspective. Based heavily on an acute reading and insightful interpretation of a vast array of the secondary literature, this book is a worthy addition to Roediger’s formidable oeuvre.”—Journal of African American History
“How Race Survived US History synthesizes a vast secondary literature ... into a simple yet elegant analysis.”—Kornel Chang, Journal of American History
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