Black and White Manhattan: The History of Racial Formation in Colonial New York City

Paperback | October 28, 2004

byThelma Wills Foote

not yet rated|write a review
Race first emerged as an important ingredient of New York City's melting pot when it was known as New Amsterdam and was a fledgling colonial outpost on the North American frontier. Thelma Wills Foote details the arrival of the first immigrants, including African slaves, and traces encountersbetween the town's inhabitants of African, European, and Native American descent, showing how racial domination became key to the building of the settler colony at the tip of Manhattan Island. During the colonial era, the art of governing the city's diverse and factious population, Foote reveals,involved the subordination of confessional, linguistic, and social antagonisms to binary racial difference. Foote investigates everyday formations of race in slaveowning households, on the colonial city's streets, at its docks, taverns, and marketplaces, and in the adjacent farming districts. Eventhough the northern colonial port town afforded a space for black resistance, that setting did not, Foote argues, effectively undermine the city's institution of black slavery. This history of New York City demonstrates that the process of racial formation and the mechanisms of racial domination were central to the northern colonial experience and to the founding of the United States.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$56.50

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Race first emerged as an important ingredient of New York City's melting pot when it was known as New Amsterdam and was a fledgling colonial outpost on the North American frontier. Thelma Wills Foote details the arrival of the first immigrants, including African slaves, and traces encountersbetween the town's inhabitants of African, E...

Thelma Wills Foote is Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:October 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195165373

ISBN - 13:9780195165371

Customer Reviews of Black and White Manhattan: The History of Racial Formation in Colonial New York City

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"For urban historians, especially those who specialize in the history of New York City, this is required reading....Foote's analysis of racial formation will force historians and urban scholars to rethink their understanding of NYC's history."--CHOICE