The White Image in the Black Mind

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

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Historical studies of white racial thought focus exclusively on white ideas about the "Negroes". Bay's study is the first to examine the reverse - black ideas about whites, and, consequently, black understandings of race and racial categories. Bay examines African-American ideas about white racial character and destiny in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In examining black racial thought, this work also explores the extent to which black Americans accepted or rejected 19th century notions about innate racial characteristics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 160 x 235.2 x 24.1mm | 639.58g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 019510045X
  • 9780195100457

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An important and timely investigation of African American conceptions of race from the Revolutionary era to the 1920s ... Its scope is also considerably broader than just a consideration of African American ideas about whites, the author having much to say about white racism, self-conceptions of black identity, and race relations in general * American Nineteenth Century History * This is a meticulous and thought-provoking study of a hitherto neglected topic. It will deservedly take its place alongside the best recent scholarship on the enduring problem of race in American history * American Nineteenth Century History *
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About Mia Bay

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