The Invention Of The White Race Vol Ii / Edition 1

The Invention Of The White Race Vol Ii / Edition 1

by Theodore W. Allen
     
 

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Martin Luther King declared his dream of a racially integrated, non-discriminatory American society. Some three centuries before, that dream had in many ways been reality, since white skin privilege was recognized neither in law nor in the social practices of the laboring classes. But by the early decades of the eighteenth… See more details below

Overview

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Martin Luther King declared his dream of a racially integrated, non-discriminatory American society. Some three centuries before, that dream had in many ways been reality, since white skin privilege was recognized neither in law nor in the social practices of the laboring classes. But by the early decades of the eighteenth century, racial oppression would be the norm in the plantation colonies, and African Americans would continue to suffer under its yoke for more than two centuries. In this second volume of his acclaimed study of the origins of racial oppression, Theodore Allen explores the ways in which African bond-laborers were turned into chattel slaves and were differentiated from their fellow proletarians of European origin.

Rocked by the solidarity across racial lines exhibited by the rebellious laboring classes in the wake of the famous Bacon’s Rebellion, the plantation bourgeoisie sought a solution to its labor problems in the creation of a buffer social control stratum of poor whites, who enjoyed little enough privilege in colonial society beyond that of their skin color, which protected them from the enslavement visited upon Africans and African Americans. Such was, as Allen puts it, “the invention of the white race,” that “peculiar institution” which continues to haunt social relations in the US down to the present. Allen’s two volumes are essential reading for students of US history and politics.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859840764
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
08/17/1997
Series:
Haymarket Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables and a Note on Dates
Pt. 1Labor Problems of the European Colonizing Powers1
1The Labor Supply Problem: England a Special Case3
2English Background, with Anglo-American Variations Noted14
3Euro-Indian Relations and the Problem of Social Control30
Pt. 2The Plantation of Bondage47
4The Fateful Addiction to "Present Profit"49
5The Massacre of the Tenantry75
6Bricks without Straw: Bondage, but No Intermediate Stratum97
Pt. 3Road to Rebellion117
7Bond-labor: Enduring...119
8... and Resisting148
9The Insubstantiality of the Intermediate Stratum163
10The Status of African-Americans177
Pt. 4Rebellion and Reaction201
11Rebellion - and Its Aftermath203
12The Abortion of the "White Race" Social Control System in the Anglo-Caribbean223
13The Invention of the White Race - and the Ordeal of America239
Appendices261
Notes275
Index365

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >