The Invention of the White Race


Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9780860916604
Category: History
Page: 310
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"A monumental study of the birth of racism in the American South which makes truly new and convincing points about one of the most critical problems in US history a highly original and seminal work."—David Roediger, University of Missouri

The Invention of the White Race


Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859840764
Category: History
Page: 372
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On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Martin Luther King declared his dream of a racially integrated, non-discriminatory American society. Some three centuries before, that dream had in many ways been reality, since white skin privilege was recognized neither in law nor in the social practices of the laboring classes. But by the early decades of the eighteenth century, racial oppression would be the norm in the plantation colonies, and African Americans would continue to suffer under its yoke for more than two centuries. In this second volume of his acclaimed study of the origins of racial oppression, Theodore Allen explores the ways in which African bond-laborers were turned into chattel slaves and were differentiated from their fellow proletarians of European origin. Rocked by the solidarity across racial lines exhibited by the rebellious laboring classes in the wake of the famous Bacon's Rebellion, the plantation bourgeoisie sought a solution to its labor problems in the creation of a buffer social control stratum of poor whites, who enjoyed little enough privilege in colonial society beyond that of their skin color, which protected them from the enslavement visited upon Africans and African Americans. Such was, as Allen puts it, "the invention of the white race," that "peculiar institution" which continues to haunt social relations in the US down to the present. Allen's two volumes are essential reading for students of US history and politics.

The Invention of the White Race, Volume 1

Racial Oppression and Social Control
Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1844678431
Category: Social Science
Page: 372
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When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no “white” people there. Nor, according to colonial records, would there be for another sixty years. In this seminal two-volume work, The Invention of the White Race, Theodore W. Allen tells the story of how America’s ruling classes created the category of the “white race” as a means of social control. Since that early invention, white privileges have enforced the myth of racial superiority, and that fact has been central to maintaining ruling-class domination over ordinary working people of all colors throughout American history. Volume I draws lessons from Irish history, comparing British rule in Ireland with the “white” oppression of Native Americans and African Americans. Allen details how Irish immigrants fleeing persecution learned to spread racial oppression in their adoptive country as part of white America. Since publication in the mid-nineties, The Invention of the White Race has become indispensable in debates on the origins of racial oppression in America. In this updated edition, scholar Jeffrey B. Perry provides a new introduction, a short biography of the author and a study guide. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Invention of the White Race, Volume 2

The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America
Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 184467844X
Category: Social Science
Page: 422
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On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Martin Luther King outlined a dream of an America where people would not be judged by the color of their skin. That dream has yet to be realized, but some three centuries ago it was a reality. Back then, neither social practice nor law recognized any special privileges in connection with being white. But by the early decades of the eighteenth century, that had all changed. Racial oppression became the norm in the plantation colonies, and African Americans suffered under its yoke for more than two hundred years. In Volume II of The Invention of the White Race, Theodore Allen explores the transformation that turned African bond-laborers into slaves and segregated them from their fellow proletarians of European origin. In response to labor unrest, where solidarities were not determined by skin color, the plantation bourgeoisie sought to construct a buffer of poor whites, whose new racial identity would protect them from the enslavement visited upon African Americans. This was the invention of the white race, an act of cruel ingenuity that haunts America to this day.Allen’s acclaimed study has become indispensable in debates on the origins of racial oppression in America. In this updated edition, scholar Jeffrey B. Perry provides a new introduction, a select bibliography and a study guide. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery

The Invention of the White Race
Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Slavery
Page: 29
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Racial distinctions in U.S. society, and the racism that accompanies them, continue to be integral parts of the American experience more than 100 years after W.E.B. DuBois identified ¿the color line¿ as the most significant social feature of the United States. Even within the complex racial and ethnic dynamics that have developed in the United States since the immigration reform of 1965 opened the door to millions of Latino and Asian newcomers, the question of racism directed at African-Americans carries special weight. This is so not just because millions of African-Americans continue to be adversely affected. As Ted Allen shows in this pamphlet, the system of racial oppression in the United States, rooted in African-American slavery, was organized to discipline and suppress European as well as African labor, and has from the beginning had profound and contradictory consequences for European-Americans. For almost the whole of American history, this system of social control has effectively derailed working class unity. And it continues to shape controversies surrounding the arrival and absorption of new ¿minorities¿ to this day.

The Invention of Dolores Del Rio


Author: Joanne Hershfield
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816634101
Category: Minorities in the motion picture industry
Page: 165
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"Dolores del Rio challenged Hollywood's - and the public's - prevailing views on race and gender from the 1920s through the 1960s. Her roles, costumes, and makeup, along with the advertising, publicity, and reviews of her films, reveal the influence of her ethnicity and her construction as an exotic commodity: her sexual image ran counter to the dominant social standards for femininity and against miscegenation, but her exoticism - and the promotion of it - contributed to her renown as one of Hollywood's most enduring stars."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

White Man Falling

Race, Gender, and White Supremacy
Author: Abby L. Ferber
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847690268
Category: Social Science
Page: 182
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Ferber's provocative critique examines white supremacists' firm belief that white men are becoming victims and the repercussions of their attempts to assert white male power.

Birth of a White Nation

The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today
Author: Jacqueline Battalora
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
ISBN: 1631359258
Category:
Page: N.A
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Birth of a White Nation is a fascinating new book on race in America that begins with an exploration of the moment in time when "white people,” as a separate and distinct group of humanity, were invented through legislation and the enactment of laws. The book provides a thorough examination of the underlying reasons as well as the ways in which “white people” were created. It also explains how the creation of this distinction divided laborers and ultimately served the interests of the elite. The book goes on to examine how foundational law and policy in the U.S. were used to institutionalize the practice of “white people” holding positions of power. Finally, the book demonstrates how the social construction and legal enactment of “white people” has ultimately compromised the humanity of those so labeled.

A History of Affirmative Action, 1619-2000


Author: Philip F. Rubio
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781604730319
Category: Social Science
Page: 327
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A readable history that puts the current debates in historical context