ISBN-10:
0393339742
ISBN-13:
9780393339741
Pub. Date:
04/18/2011
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The History of White People

The History of White People

by Nell Irvin Painter
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Overview

A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston Globe


Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393339741
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 49,072
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People, and Standing at Armageddon. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, New Jersey, and the Adirondacks.

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The History of White People 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provocative and Original Concept piece. A must read for everyone.
Fledgist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
White people in the English-speaking world have operated under the assumption that they are raceless and/or that "whiteness" is a universal, ahistorical characteristic. Painter strips these assumptions bare and shows how "whiteness" developed as a category. A useful, fascinating study.
phyllis01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Gives the historical perspective for current 'race beliefs' in society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a great and quick guide to the history of race concepts and whiteness in America as it relates to the history of the people in the world.
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