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The history of White people

Author: Nell Irvin Painter
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Historian Painter centers her momentous study of racial classification on the slave trade and the nation-building efforts which dominated the United States in the 18th century, when thinkers led by Ralph Waldo Emerson strove to explain the rapid progress of America within the context of white superiority. Her research is filled with frequent, startling realizations about how tenuous and temporary our racial
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nell Irvin Painter
ISBN: 9780393049343 0393049345 9780393339741 0393339742
OCLC Number: 317919383
Description: 496 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Greeks and scythians --
Romans, Celts, Gauls, and Germani --
White slavery --
White slavery as beauty ideal --
The White beauty ideal as science --
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach names White people "caucasian" --
Germaine de staèl's German lessons --
Early American White people observed --
The first alien wave --
The education of Ralph Waldo Emerson --
English traits --
Emerson in the history of American White people --
The American school of anthropology --
The second enlargement of American whiteness --
William Z. Ripley and the races of Europe --
Franz Boas, dissenter --
Roosevelt, Ross, and race suicide --
The discovery of degenerate families --
From degenerate families to sterilization --
Intelligence testing of new immigrants --
The great unrest --
The melting pot a failure? --
Anthroposociology : the science of alien races --
Refuting racial science --
A new White race politics --
The third enlargement of American whiteness --
Black nationalism and White ethnics --
The fourth great enlargement of American whiteness.
Responsibility: Nell Irvin Painter.
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Beginning with the origins of Western civilisation, this title traces the invention of the idea of a white race - often for economic, scientific and political ends. It shows how American identity in  Read more...

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