The Invention Of The White Race Vol Ii / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A monumental study of the birth of racism in the American South ... a highly original and seminal work.”—David Roediger, University of Minnesota (in praise of Volume One: Racial Oppression and Social Control)

“A path-breaking work.”—Noel Ignatiev, Journal of Social History (in praise of Volume One: Racial Oppression and Social Control)

“A powerful and polemical study.”—Times Literary Supplement (in praise of Volume One: Racial Oppression and Social Control)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859840764
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/17/1997
  • Series: Haymarket Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore W. Allen (1919–2005) was an anti–white supremacist, working-class intellectual and activist who began his pioneering work on “white skin privilege” and “white race” privilege in 1965. He co-authored the influential White Blindspot (1967), authored “Can White Workers Radicals Be Radicalized?” (1969), and wrote the ground-breaking Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race (1975) before publication of his seminal two-volume classic The Invention of the White Race (1994, 1997).
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables and a Note on Dates
Pt. 1 Labor Problems of the European Colonizing Powers 1
1 The Labor Supply Problem: England a Special Case 3
2 English Background, with Anglo-American Variations Noted 14
3 Euro-Indian Relations and the Problem of Social Control 30
Pt. 2 The Plantation of Bondage 47
4 The Fateful Addiction to "Present Profit" 49
5 The Massacre of the Tenantry 75
6 Bricks without Straw: Bondage, but No Intermediate Stratum 97
Pt. 3 Road to Rebellion 117
7 Bond-labor: Enduring... 119
8 ... and Resisting 148
9 The Insubstantiality of the Intermediate Stratum 163
10 The Status of African-Americans 177
Pt. 4 Rebellion and Reaction 201
11 Rebellion - and Its Aftermath 203
12 The Abortion of the "White Race" Social Control System in the Anglo-Caribbean 223
13 The Invention of the White Race - and the Ordeal of America 239
Appendices 261
Notes 275
Index 365
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