Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America

Paperback | March 15, 2000

byRONALD TAKAKI

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Now in a new edition, Iron Cages provides a unique comparative analysis of white American attitudes toward Asians, blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the 19th century. This pathbreaking work offers a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America. In a new epilogue,Takaki argues that the social health of the United States rests largely on the ability of Americans of all races and cultures to build on an established and positive legacy of cross-cultural cooperation and understanding in the coming 21st century. Observing that by 2050 all Americans will beminorities, Takaki urges us to ask ourselves: Will America fulfill the promise of equality or will America retreat into its "iron cages" and resist diversity, allowing racial conflicts to divide and possibly even destroy America as a nation? Incisive and provocative, Iron Cages is an essentialresource for students of ethnic history and important reading for anyone interested in the history of race relations in America.

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Now in a new edition, Iron Cages provides a unique comparative analysis of white American attitudes toward Asians, blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the 19th century. This pathbreaking work offers a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America. In a new epilogue,Takaki argues that the social health of the Un...

Ronald Takaki is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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One -- RepublicanismI. The "Iron Cage" in the New NationThe Birth of a Virtuous People: Race and Republican Society: II. "Diseases" of the Mind and Sun"Republican Machines": The "Lovely White": III. Within the "Bowels" of the RepublicHead Over Heart: Black Colonization: Red Lockeans: Two -- EnterpriseIV. Beyond Primitive AccumulationDemocracy in America:: The Inner World of the Bourgeoisie The Market Revolution and RaceV. The Metaphysics of Civilization: "The Red Race on Our Borders"An Age of Confidence: Jibbenainosay: Indian-Hatin in Fantasy: Jackson: Metaphysician of Indian-Hating: VI. The Metaphysics of Civilization: "The Black Race Within Our Bosom"The Black Child/Savage: A Jacksonian Persuasion: "Warranteeism": A Vision of a "Marx of the Master Class": Aesculapius Was a White Man: Race and the Cult of True Womanhood: Three -- TechnologyVII. An American Prospero in King Arthur's CourtThe New Body: White Technology: Anglo Over Mexican: The Triumph of Mind in Ameica: VIII. The Iron Horse in the West"Red Gifts" and "White Gifts": The World Custer Lost: The Scientific Management of Indians: IX. Civilization in the "New South"Machines and Magnolias" Black Labor in an Industrial Order: The "Negro Question": "Higher Life" in the South: X. The "Heathen Chinee" and American TechnologyAh Sin in America: A Yellow Proletariat: Caste and Class in Industrial America: A Vision of Catastrophe: Henry George and the American Tower of Babel: Four -- EmpireXI. The Masculine Thrust Toward AsiaThe "Iron Cage" in a Corporate Civilization: The New Empire: American Asceticism and the "New Navy": XII. Down from the Gardens of AsiaEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Suitable for surveys and advanced courses in Ethnic and social history, this book has important revelations for our 21st century students. It tells of paths taken and abandoned, lessons learned and ignored, and consequences. A thought provoker."--Stuart Knee, College of Charleston