White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812

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A timeless classic and award-winning work on the history of race relations in early America.

"[A] rare thing: an original contribution to an important subject. In helping us understand today's racial crisis, Jordan has ideally fulfilled the historian's function of investigating the past in order to enlighten the present."--The judges for the 1969 National Book Award for History and Biography
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Overview

A timeless classic and award-winning work on the history of race relations in early America.

"[A] rare thing: an original contribution to an important subject. In helping us understand today's racial crisis, Jordan has ideally fulfilled the historian's function of investigating the past in order to enlighten the present."--The judges for the 1969 National Book Award for History and Biography
"A massive and learned work that stands as the most informed and impressive pronouncement on the subject yet made."--C. Vann Woodward, New York Times Book Review

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A timeless classic and award-winning work on the history of race relations in early America. "A rare thing: an original contribution to an important subject. In helping us understand today's racial crisis, Jordan has ideally fulfilled the historian's function of investigating the past in order to enlighten the present."

The judges for the 1969 National Book Award for History and Biography. "A massive and learned work that stands as the most informed and impressive pronouncement on the subject yet made."
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Genesis 1550-1700
I First Impressions: Initial English Confrontation with Africans 3
II Unthinking Decision: Enslavement of Negroes in America to 1700 44
Pt. 2 Provincial Decades 1700-1755
III Anxious Oppressors: Freedom and Control in a Slave Society 101
IV Fruits of Passion: The Dynamics of Interracial Sex 136
V The Souls of Men: The Negro's Spiritual Nature 179
VI The Bodies of Men: The Negro's Physical Nature 216
Pt. 3 The Revolutionary Era 1755-1783
VII Self-Scrutiny in the Revolutionary Era 269
Pt. 4 Society and Thought 1783-1812
VIII The Imperatives of Economic Interest and National Identity 315
IX The Limitations of Antislavery 342
X The Cancer of Revolution 375
XI The Resulting Pattern of Separation 403
Pt. 5 Thought and Society 1783-1812
XII Thomas Jefferson: Self and Society 429
XIII The Negro Bound by the Chain of Being 482
XIV Erasing Nature's Stamp of Color 512
XV Toward a White Man's Country 542
XVI Exodus 573
Note on the Concept of Race 583
Essay on Sources 586
Select List of Full Titles 610
Map: Percentage of Negroes in Total Non-Aboriginal Population, 1790 615
Index 617
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