The Invention of the White Race, Volume 2

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Verso, 1994 - History - 372 pages
The second volume in a monumental study of the origins of racism in the US. In this second volume of his acclaimed study Theodore Allen explores how the degradation of African bond-laborers into slaves produced, for the first time in Anglo America, racism based on color differences. Theodore Allen traces the historical roots of the white supremacism that led European-American workers to oppose Abolitionism. This was in contrast to an earlier common feeling of oppression shared between European and African-American laborers. Allen examines the means by which European workers in the tobacco colonies were reduced from tenants and wage workers to chattel bond-labourers. The imposition by plantation owners of such onerous conditions of servitude created a potentially explosive situation that ultimately detonated in the famous Bacon's Rebellion -- the greatest demonstration in history, argues Allen, of solidarity between European-Americans and African-Americans against slavery. Rocked by the laboring class's solidarity, the plantation bourgeoisie sought a solution in the creation of a buffer stratum of poor whites, who now gained a privilege in their skin color protecting 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' that continues to haunt social relations in the US down to the present. An authoritative, masterly work, The Invention of the Whife Race is essential reading for students of US history and politics.
 

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Contents

England a Special Case
3
English Background with AngloAmerican Variations Noted
14
EuroIndian Relations and the Problem of Social Control
30
Part Two The Plantation of Bondage
47
The Fateful Addiction to Present Profit
49
The Massacre of the Tenantry
75
Bondage but No Intermediate Stratum
97
Part Three Road to Rebellion
117
and Resisting
148
The Insubstantiality of the Intermediate Stratum
163
The Status of AfricanAmericans
177
Rebellion and Its Aftermath
203
The Abortion of the White Race Social Control System
223
Appendices
261
Notes
275
Index
365

Enduring
119

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Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005) was an anti-white supremacist, working-class intellectual and activist who began his pioneering work on "white skin privilege" and "white race" privilege in 1965. He co-authored the influential White Blindspot (1967), authored "Can White Workers Radicals Be Radicalized?" (1969), and wrote the ground-breaking Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race (1975) before publication of his seminal two-volume classic The Invention of the White Race (1994, 1997).

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