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Race: The History of an Idea in America
     

Race: The History of an Idea in America

by Thomas F. Gossett
 

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Here, reprinted without change, is Gossett's classic study, making available to a new generation of scholars a lucid, accessibly written volume that ranges from colonial race theory and its European antecedents, through eighteenth and nineteenth century race pseudoscience, to the racialist dimension of American thought and literature emerging against backgrounds such

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Here, reprinted without change, is Gossett's classic study, making available to a new generation of scholars a lucid, accessibly written volume that ranges from colonial race theory and its European antecedents, through eighteenth and nineteenth century race pseudoscience, to the racialist dimension of American thought and literature emerging against backgrounds such as Anglo-Saxonism, westward expansion, Social Darwinism, xenophobia, World War I, and modern racial theory.

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Library Journal
Gossett's benchmark title gets a facelift for the 1990s and beyond thanks to the inclusion of a new preface, foreword, and bibliographic essay by Gossett and other scholars. This remains "recommended for academic and public libraries" (LJ 4/1/64).
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"Out of print for too long, Gossett's Race is now restored to us just in time for today's readers of critical race theory, cultural studies, and African American Studies. A critical race theorist who always historicizes, Gossett traces the intellectual history of race as an American idea that travels both transnationally, through the circuits of racial science and empire, and across disciplines, from 18th and 19th-century anthropology to the study of language and literature. Gossett's material terrain extends from U. S. literary nationalism, to representations of the Indian in the nineteenth century, to World War I and racism, and concludes with a look at anti-racist counter-discourses in science, social movements, and expressive culture. A 1960s American Studies classic for cultural studies at the millennium, Race may just succeed in bringing U. S. cultural studies back to the future."—Susan Gilman, University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805201062
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Series:
Sourcebooks in the Negro History Ser.
Edition description:
REVISED
Age Range:
12 Years

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Thomas F. Gossett is Professor Emeritus of English at Wake Forest University

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