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Anti-Racism in U.S. History: The First Two Hundred Years / Edition 1

Anti-Racism in U.S. History: The First Two Hundred Years / Edition 1

by Herbert Aptheker Herbert Aptheker


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Many books, both popular and scholarly, have examined racism in the United States, but this unique volume is the first to examine the existence of anti-racism in the first two hundred years of U.S. history. Herbert Aptheker challenges the view that racism was universally accepted by whites. His book thoroughly debunks the myth that white people never cared about the plight of African-Americans until just before the outbreak of the Civil War.

Covering the period from the 1600s through the 1860s, Aptheker begins with a short introduction and a questioning of racism's pervasiveness, taking examples of anti-racism from the literature. He then devotes sections to sexual relations, racism and anti-racism, to joint struggles to reject racism, and to a discussion of Gregoire, Banneker, and Jeffersonianism. Next he considers inferiority as viewed by poets, preachers, and teachers and by entrepreneuers, seamen, and cowboys. After a consideration of the Quakers, he turns his attention to the American and French revolutions and racism and to the Republic's early years and racism. Aptheker then devotes several sections to Abolitionism and concludes the work with the the Crisis Decade, the Civil War, Emancipation, and anti-racism. This book by a well-known scholar in the field will be of interest to all concerned with U.S. history and African American history.

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ISBN-13: 9780275948085
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/1993
Series: Contributions in American History Series , #143
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

About the Author

HERBERT APTHEKER has taught at many leading institutions, including Bryn Mawr College and Yale University. He has just retired from his post at the University of California (Berkeley). The author of over eighty volumes, his best known works include American Negro Slave Revolts (1943), A Documentary History of Negro People (4 vols., to 1945), Abolitionism (1989), and Literary Legacy of Du Bois (1989). He is the editor of the Du Bois Correspondence (3 vols.), Du Bois' Complete Published Writings (37 vols.), and four volumes of his previously unpublished writings.

Table of Contents


Anti-Racism: Denial and Distortion

Questioning Racism's Pervasiveness

Anti-Racism's Presence: Examples from the Literature

Sexual Relations

Rejecting Racism by Joint Struggle

Grégoire, Banneker, and Jeffersonianism

"Inferiority" and Poets, Preachers, and Teachers

"Inferiority" and Entrepreneurs, Seamen, and Cowboys

From Egypt to Philosophes to Quakers

The American and French Revolutions

The Republic's Early Years

The New Century's Youth

Lane Rebels and Black Rebels

Abolitionism and Racism

Immortals of Literature and Martyrs for Freedom

From Liberty Party to Republican Party

The Crisis Decade

The Civil War and Emancipation

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