The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas about White People, 1830-1925

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byMia Bay

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How did African-American slaves view their white masters? As demons, deities or another race entirely? When nineteenth-century white Americans proclaimed their innate superiority, did blacks agree? If not, why not? How did blacks assess the status of the white race? Mia Bay tracesAfrican-American perceptions of whites between 1830 and 1925 to depict America's shifting attitudes about race in a period that saw slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, and urban migration. Much has been written about how the whites of this time viewed blacks, and about how blacks viewed themselves. By contrast, the ways in which blacks saw whites have remained a historical and intellectual mystery. Reversing the focus of such fundamental studies as George Fredrickson's The Black Imagein the White Mind, Bay investigates this mystery. In doing so, she uncovers and elucidates the racial thought of a wide range of nineteenth-century African-Americans--educated and unlettered, male and female, free and enslaved.

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How did African-American slaves view their white masters? As demons, deities or another race entirely? When nineteenth-century white Americans proclaimed their innate superiority, did blacks agree? If not, why not? How did blacks assess the status of the white race? Mia Bay tracesAfrican-American perceptions of whites between 1830 and...

Mia Bay is Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction:1. Desegregating American Racial Thought2. OverviewPart I: White People in Black EthnologyChapter 1: "Of One Blood God Created All The Nations Of Men": African-Americans Respond to the Rise of Ideological Racism, 1789-1830Chapter 2: The Redeemer Race and the Angry Saxon: Race, Gender, and White People in Antebellum Black EthnologyChapter 3: "What Shall We Do With The White People?": Whites in Postbellum Black ThoughtPart II: The Racial Thought of the SlavesIntroduction to Part IIChapter 4: "Us Is Human Flesh": The Racial Thought of the SlavesChapter 5: "Devils and Good People Walking De Road At De Same Time": White People in Black Folk ThoughtPart III: New Negroes, New Whites: Black Racial Thought in the Twentieth CenturyChapter 6: "A New Negro For A New Country": Black Racial Ideology, 1900-1925ConclusionNotesIndex

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"Deeply researched, well crafted, and engagingly written work. It will long be considered important for broaching issues of central concern to all who study the black past." - -Reviews in American History