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The history of white people

The history of white people

Author: Nell Irvin Painter
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Traces the idea of a white race, showing how the origins of the American identity were tied to the elevation of white skin as the embodiment of beauty, power, and intelligence, and how even intellectuals insisted that only Anglo Saxons were truly American.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nell Irvin Painter
ISBN: 0393339742 9780393339741
OCLC Number: 705518880
Description: xii, 496 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: 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 Staël'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 enlargement of American whiteness.
Responsibility: Nell Irvin Painter.


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