Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

by Jacqueline Battalora
Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

by Jacqueline Battalora

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Overview

Birth of a White Nation, Second Edition examines the social construction of race through the invention of white people. Surveying colonial North American law and history, the book interrogates the origins of racial inequality and injustice in American society, and details how the invention still serves to protect the ruling elite to the present day.

This second edition documents the proliferation of ideas imposed and claimed throughout history that have conspired to give content, form, and social meaning to one’s racial classification. Beginning its expanded narrative with the development of diverse Native American societies through contact with European colonizers in the Tidewater region, and progressing to the emigration of Mexicans, Irish, and other "non-whites", this new edition addresses the ongoing production and reproduction of whiteness as a distinct and dominant social category. It also looks to the future by developing a new, applied framework for countering racial inequality and promoting greater awareness of anti-racist policies and practices.

Birth of a White Nation will be of great interest to students, scholars, and general readers seeking to make sense of the dramatic racial inequities of our time and to forge an antiracist path forward.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367517328
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/17/2021
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 499,029
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Battalora is an attorney and Professor of Sociology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. In addition to this book, Battalora is an editor of the journal Understanding & Dismantling Privilege and she frequently develops and delivers lectures and training that advance the understanding of the construction of race and its impact today

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Birth of a White Nation 1

1 Before the Invention of White People 11

2 White People: The Creation 24

3 How "Whites" Became a Success 39

4 The Americanization of Whites 51

5 Contingent Whites and Inbetween People: Mexicans and Irish in the U.S. 68

6 Whiteness 85

7 Deconstructing Whiteness 97

Afterword: Why Would Whites Work to Dismantle Whiteness? 103

Index 113

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