The Arrogance of Race: Historical Perspectives on Slavery, Racism, and Social Inequality

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Wesleyan University Press, Feb 1, 1989 - History - 320 pages
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The Arrogance of Race is a significant contribution to the historiography of slavery and racism in America. George Fredrickson, one of the most respected and cogent historians of this complex and troubling subject, maintains that racism is a cultural phenomenon not a mere by-product of class conflict and colonialism. He opts for a “dualistic” rather than a more popular monolithic explanation of the tragedy of racism.

 

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The arrogance of race: historical perspectives on slavery, racism, and social inequality

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This book collects 17 essays written over the past 20 years by a veteran scholar of U.S. race relations. Although respectful of the "class'' interpretation of black-white relations, Fredrickson argues ... Read full review

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Methodical, well researched and well argued, this book is a collection of essays, rather than a book in the more traditional sense. Obviously centred on slavery in the United States, it still offered some useful insights into racism in Australia and South Africa. Read full review

Contents

The Role of Race in
15
Racial Equality
54
Garrison Frederick Douglass Lydia Maria Child
73
Albion W Tourgee and Reconstruction
94
Part
107
on Slavery and Merchant Capital
125
Aristocracy and Democracy in the Southern
134
The Historiography of Postemancipation Southern
154
Social Origins of American Racism
189
White Images of Black Slaves in the Old South
206
The United States
216
The American
236
Political Foundations
254
Notes
271
Index
295
Acknowledgments
311

Some Recent Views of
161
Part Three
183

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About the author (1989)

GEORGE M. FREDRICKSON has been Edgar E. Robinson Professor of United States History at Stanford University since 1984. He is author of The Inner Civil War, The Black Image in the White Mind (Wesleyan Paperback), and White Supremacy, for which he won the Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Merle Curti awards; this book was also a Pulitzer Prize runner-up. The Black Image in the White Mind received the Anisfield-Wolf Award.

A graduate of Harvard University (A.B. 1956, Ph.D. 1964), Fredrickson served in he U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1960 and taught at Northwestern University from 1966 to 1984; he was William Smith Mason Professor after 1979. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo in 1956-57 and a Fulbright professor of American History at Moscow University in 1983. FREDRICKSON has twice been appointed senior fellow of National Endowment for the Humanities; he was a Guggenhim fellow in 1968-69 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His home is in Stanford, California.

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