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White Man's Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in the United States

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The White Man's Burden is derived from Jordan's critically acclaimed, monumental work, White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro 1550-1812 which received the Parkman and Bancroft Prizes as well as the National Book Award. By removing the voluminous notes and secondary examples, Professor Jordan has created a new trim, strong books whose solidly consistent scholarships is conveyed in a clear lucid style. The full impact of the narrative is maintained and carried forward by anecdotes from a multitude of...
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Overview

The White Man's Burden is derived from Jordan's critically acclaimed, monumental work, White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro 1550-1812 which received the Parkman and Bancroft Prizes as well as the National Book Award. By removing the voluminous notes and secondary examples, Professor Jordan has created a new trim, strong books whose solidly consistent scholarships is conveyed in a clear lucid style. The full impact of the narrative is maintained and carried forward by anecdotes from a multitude of sources from Thomas Jefferson to David Hume.

This is an abridgement of the prize-winning White Over Black.

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"Still one of the finest works on this topic."—Andrew T. Miller, Union College

"The best secondary text I've ever found. It opens a class up to racial-ethnic problems, opens eyes to human perceptions. Keep it in print!"—Robert W. Sellen,Georgia State Univ."


"Jordan's White Over Black...[now] published in a slightly more simplified form under the title of The White Man's Burden...is an outstanding work that traces the subtle, insidious and oftentimes unconscious psychology of racism in Western culture back to its Elizabethan origins."—America

"The White Man's Burden provides a storehouse of information on the origins of racism in the United States."—Southern Humanities Review

"There is no better book on its subject; nor is there likely to be one for many years."—History: Reviews of New Books

"Teachers will welcome with relief the appearance of this classic study in a form suitable for classroom use."—Journal of Southern History

"A very readable condensation...not only does it make Jordan's important findings accessible...but it also serves to throw into sharper relief his main argument."—George M. Fredrickson, The New York Review of Books

"Precisely what was needed to make the brilliant White Over Black manageable for classroom use."—Richard Crepesi, Florida Technological University

"A thoughtful, searching essay on the embryology of racism in the young Republic....For students and scholars, this is a balanced, intelligent investigation of the ideas which fathered Jim Crow."—Kirkus Reviews

"Jordan's abridgement is valuable for his concise presentation of his thesis that there was a mutual relationship between prejudice against blacks and slavery, and that after slavery's establishment, other factors, especially interracial sex, created tensions which led to strict control over blacks and to their alienation by white society."—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195017427
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1974
  • Pages: 229

Meet the Author

Winthrop D. Jordan was professor of history, University of Mississippi and renowned writer on the history of slavery and the origins of racism in the United States.

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