The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas about White People, 1830-1925 / Edition 1

The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas about White People, 1830-1925 / Edition 1

by Mia Bay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195132793

ISBN-13: 9780195132793

Pub. Date: 02/10/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

How did African-American slaves view their white masters? As gods, monsters, or another race entirely? Did nineteenth-century black Americans ever come to regard white Americans as innately superior? If not, why not? Mia Bay traces African-American perceptions of whites between 1830 and 1925 to depict America's shifting attitudes about race in a period that saw…  See more details below

Overview

How did African-American slaves view their white masters? As gods, monsters, or another race entirely? Did nineteenth-century black Americans ever come to regard white Americans as innately superior? If not, why not? Mia Bay traces African-American perceptions of whites between 1830 and 1925 to depict America's shifting attitudes about race in a period that saw slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, and urban migration.

Much has been written about how the whites of this time viewed blacks, and about how blacks viewed themselves, but the ways in which blacks saw whites have remained a historical and intellectual mystery. Reversing the focus of such fundamental studies as George Fredrickson's The Black Image in the White Mind, Bay investigates this mystery. In doing so, she elucidates a wide range of thinking about whites by blacks intellectual and unlettered, male and female, and free and enslaved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132793
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/10/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,077,119
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
IWhite People in Black Ethnology
1"Of One Blood God Created All the Nations of Men": African-Americans Respond to the Rise of Ideological Racism, 1789-183013
2The Redeemer Race and the Angry Saxon: Race, Gender, and White People in Antebellum Black Ethnology38
3"What Shall We Do with the White People?": Whites in Postbellum Black Thought75
IIThe Racial Thought of the Slaves
4"Us Is Human Flesh": Race and Humanity in Black Folk Thought117
5"Devils and Good People Walking de Road at de Same Time": White People in Black Folk Thought150
IIINew Negroes, New Whites: Black Racial Thought in the Twentieth Century
6"A New Negro for a New Century": Black Racial Ideology, 1900-1925187
Conclusion219
Notes231
Selected Bibliography265
Index280

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