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

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An abridgement of the acclaimed White Over Black, which won both the National Book Award and a Bancroft Prize. This study attempts to answer a simple question: What were the attitudes of white men toward Negroes during the first two centuries of European and African settlement in what became the United States of America?

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

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Overview

An abridgement of the acclaimed White Over Black, which won both the National Book Award and a Bancroft Prize. This study attempts to answer a simple question: What were the attitudes of white men toward Negroes during the first two centuries of European and African settlement in what became the United States of America?

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: 9780195017434
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/24/1974
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 686,576
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    One of the most sugar coated reads regarding the subject matter that I have ever laid hands on....

    If you want to lighten the burden of guilt for the great-great granchildren of ex-slaveowners, give them this book. The author has an "oh,hum" approach, as if to say, the Englishmen had absolutely no choice in the matter. Due to their personal perceptions, economic hardships, and need for labor hands, it was only obvious to employ African as slaves, so let's not be too harsh on them.

    Give me a break!!!!

    I would not recommend this book for anyone who is set on learning about the truth.

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