Anti-racism In U.s. History: The First Two Hundred Years

Hardcover | February 1, 1992

byHerbert Aptheker

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Many books, both popular and scholarly, have examined racism in the United States, but this unique volume is the first to examine the existence of anti-racism in the first two hundred years of U.S. history. Herbert Aptheker challenges the view that racism was universally accepted by whites. His book thoroughly debunks the myth that white people never cared about the plight of African-Americans until just before the outbreak of the Civil War. Covering the period from the 1600s through the 1860s, Aptheker begins with a short introduction and a questioning of racism's pervasiveness, taking examples of anti-racism from the literature. He then devotes sections to sexual relations, racism and anti-racism, to joint struggles to reject racism, and to a discussion of Gregoire, Banneker, and Jeffersonianism. Next he considers "inferiority" as viewed by poets, preachers, and teachers and by entrepreneuers, seamen, and cowboys. After a consideration of the Quakers, he turns his attention to the American and French revolutions and racism and to the Republic's early years and racism. Aptheker then devotes several sections to Abolitionism and concludes the work with the "the Crisis Decade," the Civil War, Emancipation, and anti-racism. This book by a well-known scholar in the field will be of interest to all concerned with U.S. history and African American history.

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Many books, both popular and scholarly, have examined racism in the United States, but this unique volume is the first to examine the existence of anti-racism in the first two hundred years of U.S. history. Herbert Aptheker challenges the view that racism was universally accepted by whites. His book thoroughly debunks the myth that whi...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313281998

ISBN - 13:9780313281990

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?Historians, Aptheker argues, have frequently noted but rarely developed the point that throughout the two centuries of North American racial slavery, substantial numbers of whites rejected racist rationales for the "peculiar institution" and displayed a remarkable degree of interracial egalitarianism. Marshaling a large quantity of documentary evidence, Aptheker seeks to draw attention to the pervasiveness of what he calls "anti-racism" in Euro-American culture. The definition of racism in use here is a narrow one--what historians usually describe as "ideological" racism: systematic, pseudoscientific theories of inherent racial inferiority. Consequently, it is easy to concede Aptheker's point yet to wonder that so many white Americans lived comfortably with "societal" racism: de facto black inferiority based on established status relationships. It seems to have been the latter, after all, that had the greatest impact on the actual life opportunities for African Americans in American society. All levels.?-Choice