The History of White People

The History of White People

Book - 2011
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Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780393339741
Branch Call Number: 305.800973 PAI
Characteristics: xii, 496 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm


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JCLJohnK Oct 06, 2018

A must read for anyone interested in the history and evolution of the concept of race in Western society. This work focuses on Europe and America and the ways "race" has been redefined through the ages. It offers a perspective that gets behind all of our basic assumptions.

Jun 02, 2016

It will shock some well-educated people how racial prejudices motivated "white people" (the definition constantly changing) to place themselves above the "huddled masses" and define race on a "Christian" scale. But the concept of race is relatively modern but forefathers such Emerson and Teddy Roosevelt were true believers in their own words. A detailed and unwavering history of the concept of race, all the head measuring and the so-called science of beauty. The author has done solid work and has an easy style to follow. Bravo!

Apr 25, 2011

Great overview of the concept of whiteness, especially pertaining to the USA. Chapters tend to be brief and the author covers a nice breadth topics, so the book rarely drags.


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