Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America

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A pathbreaking work by one of the leading scholars in the field, Iron Cages provides a unique comparative analysis of white attitudes toward Asians, Blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the nineteenth century, offering a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America. With a new epilogue that assesses the prospect for race relations in contemporary American society, Iron Cages is important reading for anyone interested in the history of race relations in America. In his provocative new ...
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A pathbreaking work by one of the leading scholars in the field, Iron Cages provides a unique comparative analysis of white attitudes toward Asians, Blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the nineteenth century, offering a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America. With a new epilogue that assesses the prospect for race relations in contemporary American society, Iron Cages is important reading for anyone interested in the history of race relations in America. In his provocative new epilogue, "The Fourth Iron Cage," Takaki focuses on race in contemporary society within the context of America's nuclear arms-oriented ceconomy. He compares the Asian-American "model minority" and the black underclass, and extends his analysis to Native Americans, Chicanos, and Puerto Ricans.
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"Takaki's early work continues to be one of the best demonstrations of how to think and write history. I am using it in a course built around...questions of objectivity in the historical profession."--Sarah Watts, Wake Forest University

"Takaki's treatment of Republicanism is a must for introductory sociology and history courses. The diversity that he brings to the dialog enlightens the study of virtue and purity."--S. Malone-Hawkins, California State University, Fresno

"Introductory readings appropriate for a multicultural education course."--Joe Pizzillo, Rowan College of New Jersey

"This thoroughly researched and clearly written text tells an important part of many stories in philosophy, history, and ethnic studies. Takaki's research in the 19th century develops major themes that are immensely important for those interested in contemporary political theory."--Andrew Light, University of California, Riverside

"Takaki has laid out the development of ideological and institutional racism in America. Iron Cages is destined to become a classic on race and culture in the 19th century America."--Greg Campbell, University of Montana

"A notable contribution....A well-balanced approach to the formation and perpetuation of racism and the establishment of minority status from a historico-political perspective."--Gregory R. Campbell, University of Montana

"An excellent text that gives a solid introduction to those cultural and religious groups that make up American culture. The added dimension of gender and class gives depth to the subject."--Richard Morales, Rochester Institute of Technology

"A book of breathtaking scope....Spans the period between the American Revolution and the Spanish-American War, synthesizes the most recent secondary literature on American social history, and combs the published and private papers of Presidents and poets. Takaki seeks a single set of relationships, embedded in the very structure of American political economy and social thought, that will explain Americans' attitudes toward and treatment of blacks, Indians, Chinese, and white workers and women, too."--Chronicle of Higher Education

"Stimulating and provocative."--Journal of American History

"The sort of book one has in mind when saying, 'If Americans really knew their own history'...A stimulating and intelligent approach to the history of capitalistic, expansionist society."--Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195063851
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1979
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents


One -- Republicanism

I. The "Iron Cage" in the New Nation

The Birth of a Virtuous People

Race and Republican Society

II. "Diseases" of the Mind and Sun

"Republican Machines"

The "Lovely White"

III. Within the "Bowels" of the Republic

Head Over Heart

Black Colonization

Red Lockeans

Two -- Enterprise

IV. Beyond Primitive Accumulation

Democracy in America:

The Inner World of the Bourgeoisie

The Market Revolution and Race

V. The Metaphysics of Civilization: "The Red Race on Our Borders"

An Age of Confidence

Jibbenainosay: Indian-Hatin in Fantasy

Jackson: Metaphysician of Indian-Hating

VI. The Metaphysics of Civilization: "The Black Race Within Our Bosom"

The Black Child/Savage: A Jacksonian Persuasion

"Warranteeism": A Vision of a "Marx of the Master Class"

Aesculapius Was a White Man: Race and the Cult of True Womanhood

Three -- Technology

VII. An American Prospero in King Arthur's Court

The New Body

White Technology: Anglo Over Mexican

The Triumph of Mind in Ameica

VIII. The Iron Horse in the West

"Red Gifts" and "White Gifts": The World Custer Lost

The Scientific Management of Indians

IX. Civilization in the "New South"

Machines and Magnolias" Black Labor in an Industrial Order

The "Negro Question": "Higher Life" in the South

X. The "Heathen Chinee" and American Technology

Ah Sin in America

A Yellow Proletariat: Caste and Class in Industrial America

A Vision ofCatastrophe: Henry George and the American Tower of Babel

Four -- Empire

XI. The Masculine Thrust Toward Asia

The "Iron Cage" in a Corporate Civilization

The New Empire: American Asceticism and the "New Navy"

XII. Down from the Gardens of Asia

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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