"We Hold These Truths to be Self-evident-- ": An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America

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University Press of America, 2009 - Social Science - 492 pages
"We hold these truths to be self evident..." An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America delves into the philosophical, historical, socio/cultural and political evolution of racism and slavery in America. The premise of this work is that racism and slavery in America are the result of an unintentional historical intertwining of various Western philosophical, religious, cultural, social, economic, and political strands of thought that date back to the Classical Era. These strands have become tangled in a Gordian knot, which can only be unraveled through the bold application of a variety of multidisciplinary tools. By doing so, this book is intended help the reader understand how the United States, a nation that claims "all men are created equal," could be responsible for slavery and the intractable threads of racism and inequality that have become woven into its cultural the fabric.
 

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Contents

WESTERN ASCENSION RACE AND WORLD DOMINANCE
1
Western Cultures Rosetta Stone
9
The Metaphysicsof Western Hegemony
62
A TeleologicalAnalysis of Western Ascension
89
A Cornerstoneof American Privilege
158
The Structure of American Inequality
227
The Bedrock ofEnglish and Colonial Privilege
239
A Guarantorof Property Rights and aBlueprint for Racial Inequality
280
Slaverys Role in ConstructingAmericas Pyramid of Privilege
329
Chapter Eight Black Observations fromthe Shadow of the Pyramid
372
Bibliography
452
Index
471
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Dr. Kenneth Addison is a professor in the Educational Foundations program at Northeastern Illinois University. As a faculty member in the Educational Foundations program he both coordinates and teaches courses that serve as the philosophical, historical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological foundations of American education.

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