The history of White people (Book, 2010) [Saint Xavier University]
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The history of White people

The history of White people

Author: Nell Irvin Painter
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nell Irvin Painter
ISBN: 9780393049343 0393049345 9780393339741 0393339742
OCLC Number: 317919383
Description: xii, 496 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Nell Irvin Painter.


A mind-expanding and myth-destroying exploration of notions of white race-not merely a skin color but also a signal of power, prestige, and beauty to be withheld and granted selectively  Read more...
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