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The Resource The history of White people, Nell Irvin Painter

The history of White people, Nell Irvin Painter

Label
The history of White people
Title
The history of White people
Statement of responsibility
Nell Irvin Painter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The author presents a study of racial classification, examining the slave trade and the nation-building efforts which dominated the United States in the 18th century, when thinkers led by Ralph Waldo Emerson strove to explain the rapid progress of America within the context of white superiority. Ever since the Enlightenment, race theory and its inevitable partner, racism, have followed a crooked road, constructed by dominant peoples to justify their domination of others. The author examines more than two thousand years of Western civilization, tracing not only the invention of the idea of race but also the frequent worship of 'whiteness' for economic, social, scientific, and political ends. In Greek and Roman antiquity, where the concept of race did not exist, only geography and the opportunity to conquer led some to enslave others. Not until the eighteenth century did an obsession with whiteness flourish, with the German invention of the notion of Caucasian beauty. There followed an explosion of theories of race, now focusing on racial temperament as well as skin color, and Anglo-Saxons were labeled by some as the only true Americans. It was an ideal that excluded not only blacks but also all ethnic groups not of Protestant, northern European background. The Irish and Native Americans were out and, later, so were the Chinese, Jews, Italians, Slavs, and Greeks -- all deemed racially alien. Did immigration threaten the very existence of America? Americans were assumed to be white, but who among poor immigrants could become truly American? A tortured and convoluted series of scientific explorations developed - theories intended to keep Anglo-Saxons at the top: the ever-popular measurement of skulls, the powerful eugenics movement, and highly biased intelligence tests - all designed to keep working people down and out.--adapted from publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Painter, Nell Irvin
Dewey number
305.800973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A1
LC item number
P29 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
305.8 P148h
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • White people
  • White people
  • United States
Label
The history of White people, Nell Irvin Painter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-456) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 great enlargement of American whiteness
Control code
ocn317919383
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 496 pages
Isbn
9780393339741
Lccn
2009034515
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)317919383
Label
The history of White people, Nell Irvin Painter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-456) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 great enlargement of American whiteness
Control code
ocn317919383
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 496 pages
Isbn
9780393339741
Lccn
2009034515
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)317919383

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