Race and the Early Republic: Racial Consciousness and Nation Building in the Early Republic

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By 1840, American politics was a paradox—unprecedented freedom and equality for men of European descent, and the simultaneous isolation and degradation of people of African and Native American descent. Historians have characterized this phenomenon as the "white republic." Race and the Early Republic offers a rich account of how this paradox evolved, beginning with the fledgling nation of the 1770s and running through the antebellum years. The essays in the volume, written by a wide array of scholars, are arranged...

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Overview

By 1840, American politics was a paradox—unprecedented freedom and equality for men of European descent, and the simultaneous isolation and degradation of people of African and Native American descent. Historians have characterized this phenomenon as the "white republic." Race and the Early Republic offers a rich account of how this paradox evolved, beginning with the fledgling nation of the 1770s and running through the antebellum years. The essays in the volume, written by a wide array of scholars, are arranged so as to allow a clear understanding of how and why white political supremacy came to be in the early United States. Race and the Early Republic is a collection of diverse, insightful and interrelated essays that promote an easy understanding of why and how people of color were systematically excluded from the early U.S. republic.

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Journal of the Early Republic
An important contribution to the ongoing debates...
New York History
This is a book that should fill multiple niches. It could be used profitably in the classroom in courses on race, politics, the early republic, or the coming of the Civil War. It could also serve as an excellent bridge for political historians interested in learning more about contemporary race theory or for scholars in other disciplines looking for historical context for their studies. In any case, it is an accessible and rewarding read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742521308
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition number: 216
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Morrison is associate professor of history at Purdue University. James Brewer Stewart is James Wallace Professor of History at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Pursuit of Whiteness: Property, Terror, and Expansion, 1790-1860 5
2 "Believing That Many of the Red People Suffer Much for the Want of Food": Hunting, Agriculture, and a Quaker Construction of Indianness in the Early Republic 27
3 From Class to Race in Early America: Northern Post-Emancipation Racial Reconstruction 55
4 The "Condition" Debate and Racial Discourse in the Antebellum North 75
5 "Here in America There Is Neither King Nor Tyrant": European Encounters with Race, "Freedom," and Their European Pasts 95
6 Modernizing "Difference": The Political Meanings of Color in the Free States, 1776-1840 113
7 Making the "White Man's Country" White: Race, Slavery, and State-Building in the Jacksonian South 135
8 "We Have a Country": Race, Geography, and the Invention of Indian Territory 159
9 The Culmination of Racial Polarities and Prejudice 177
Index 197
About the Contributors 201
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