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Roots of American Racism Essays on the Colonial Experience

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ISBN-10: 0195086872

ISBN-13: 9780195086874

Edition: 1995

Authors: Alden T. Vaughan

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This important new collection brings together ten of Alden Vaughan's essays about race relations in the British colonies. Focusing on the variable role of cultural and racial perceptions on colonial policies for Indians and African Americans, the essays include explorations of the origins of slavery and racism in Virginia, the causes of the Puritans' war against the Pequots, and the contest between natives and colonists to win the other's allegiance by persuasion or captivity. Less controversial but equally important to understanding the racial dynamics of early America are essays on early English paradigmatic views of Native Americans, the changing Anglo-American perceptions of Indian color and character, and frontier violence in pre-Revolutionary Pennsylvania. Published here for the first time are an extensive expose of slaveholder ideology in seventeenth-century Barbados, the second half of an essay on Puritan judicial policies for Indians, a general introduction, and headnotes to each essay. All previously published pieces have been revised to reflect recent scholarship or to address recent debates. Challenging standard interpretations while probing previously-ignored aspects of early American race relations, this convenient and provocative collection by one our most incisive commentators will be required reading for all scholars and students of early American history.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/11/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Alden T. Vaughan is an Affiliate Professor at Clark University, USA and a Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, USA. He is co-editor of the Arden Third Series edition of The Tempest.

Changing Perceptions
From White Man to Redskin: Changing Anglo-American Perceptions of the American Indian
Early English Paradigms for New World Natives
Slaveholders' "Hellish Principles": A Seventeenth-Century Critique
Frontier Banditti and the Indians: The Paxton Boys' Legacy, 1763-75
Culture and Race in Early Virginia
"Expulsion of the Salvages": English Policy and the Virginia Massacre of 1622
Blacks in Virginia: Evidence from the First Decade
The Origins Debate: Slavery and Racism in Seventeenth-Century Virginia
Puritans and Indians
Pequots and Puritans: The Causes of the War of 1637
Tests of Puritan Justice
Crossing the Cultural Divide: Indians and New Englanders, 1605-1763 (with Daniel K. Richter)