The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class / Edition 3

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class / Edition 3

by David R. Roediger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844671453

ISBN-13: 9781844671458

Pub. Date: 07/23/2007

Publisher: Verso Books

Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the new labor history pioneered by E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger’s widely acclaimed book provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States. This, he argues, cannot be explained simply with reference to economic advantage; rather, white

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Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the new labor history pioneered by E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger’s widely acclaimed book provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States. This, he argues, cannot be explained simply with reference to economic advantage; rather, white working-class racism is underpinned by a complex series of psychological and ideological mechanisms that reinforce racial stereotypes, and thus help to forge the identities of white workers in opposition to Blacks.

In a new preface, Roediger reflects on the reception, influence, and critical response to The Wages of Whiteness, while Kathleen Cleaver’s insightful introduction hails the importance of a work that has become a classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844671458
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
07/23/2007
Series:
Haymarket Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
195
Sales rank:
222,341
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Textual Note
Acknowledgements
Pt. IIntroducing the White Worker
1On Autobiography and Theory: An Introduction3
2The Prehistory of the White Worker: Settler Colonialism, Race and Republicanism before 180019
Pt. IIRace and the Languages of Class from the Revolution to the Civil War
3'Neither a Servant Nor a Master Am I': Keywords in the Languages of White Labor Republicanism43
4White Slaves, Wage Slaves and Free White Labor65
Pt. IIIWork, Culture and Whiteness in Industrializing America
5Class, Coons and Crowds in Antebellum America95
6White Skins, Black Masks: Minstrelsy and White Working Class Formation before the Civil War115
7Irish-American Workers and White Racial Formation in the Antebellum United States133
Pt. IVThe Limits of Emancipation and the Fate of Working Class Whiteness
8Epilogue: A New Life and Old Habits167
Afterword to the Revised Edition185
Index191

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