Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

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by Ladelle McWhorter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253220637

ISBN-13: 9780253220639

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Does the black struggle for civil rights make common cause with the movement to foster queer community, protest anti-queer violence or discrimination, and demand respect for the rights and sensibilities of queer people? Confronting this emotionally charged question, Ladelle McWhorter reveals how a carefully structured campaign against abnormality in the late 19th

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Does the black struggle for civil rights make common cause with the movement to foster queer community, protest anti-queer violence or discrimination, and demand respect for the rights and sensibilities of queer people? Confronting this emotionally charged question, Ladelle McWhorter reveals how a carefully structured campaign against abnormality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries encouraged white Americans to purge society of so-called biological contaminants, people who were poor, disabled, black, or queer. Building on a legacy of savage hate crimes—such as the killings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd—McWhorter shows that racism, sexual oppression, and discrimination against the disabled, the feeble, and the poor are all aspects of the same societal distemper, and that when the civil rights of one group are challenged, so are the rights of all.

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ISBN-13:
9780253220639
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Two Great Dangers
1. Racism, Race, Race War: In Search of Conceptual Clarity
2. A Genealogy of Modern Racism, Part 1: The White Man Cometh
3. A Genealogy of Modern Racism, Part 2: From Black Lepers to Idiot Children
4. Scientific Racism and the Threat of Sexual Predation
5. Managing Evolution: Race Betterment, Race Purification, and the American Eugenics Movement
6. Nordics Celebrate the Family
7. (Counter) Remembering Racism: An Insurrection of Subjugated Knowledges

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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