Race A History Beyond Black and White

ISBN-10: 0689865546

ISBN-13: 9780689865541

Edition: 2007

Authors: Marc Aronson

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Race. You know it at a glance: he's black; she's white. They're Asian; we're Latino. Racism. I'm better; she's worse. Those people do those kinds of things. We all know it's wrong to make these judgments, but they come faster than thought. Why? Where did those feelings come from? Why are they so powerful? Why have millions been enslaved, murdered, denied their rights because of the color of their skin, the shape of their eyes? Acclaimed young-adult historian Marc Aronson tackles these and other questions in this astounding book, which traces the history of racial prejudice in Western culture back to ancient Sumer and beyond. He shows us Greeks dividing the world into civilized and barbarian, medieval men writing about the traits of monstrous men, until, finally, Enlightenment scientists scrap all those mythologies and come up with a new one: charts spelling out the traits of human races. Aronson's journey of discovery yields many surprising discoveries. For instance, throughout most of human history, slavery had nothing to do with race. In fact, the idea of race itself did not exist in the West before the 1600s. But once the idea was established and backed up by "scientific" theory, its influence grew with devastating consequences, from the appalling lynchings in the American South to the catastrophe known as the Holocaust in Europe. With one hundred images, this is a dynamic, thought-provoking work-history as quest, written as only Marc Aronson could do it.
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

A Note to the Reader
Introduction: Race
Where Do Prejudices Come From? The Mind
Where Do Prejudices Come From? The Tribe
Where Do Prejudices Come From? City Walls
Before Race: The Ancient World
Slaves, Hebrews, God
Greek and Barbarian
Greeks and Jews
Rome: The Tolerant Empire
The Road to Race: The Christian Era
The Savage World
Holy War
Know Your Enemy
Know Your Enemy II
Inventing Race: New Worlds, New Peoples
American Subhumans
African Slaves
New Worlds, New Ideas
Protestantism, Freedom, and Prejudice
Savage Romans, Freedom-Loving Tribes
Race: The Beautiful Skull
"Viva la Liberta!"
The Four Pillars and Five Peoples
The Age of Racism Two Crises: In America: Who Is White? In Europe: What Is a Jew?
Science and Prejudice
America: Black-Slave
White = Not Red
Sea Change: Race in Europe and America
White = Not Irish
Irish = Not Black
German = Not Jewish
English = Not Hindu
All Men Are Created Unequal
The Dark Road
White = Not Chinese
Winners Win
Drawing Racial Lines with Blood
Birth of a Man, and of a Nation
Survival of the Fittest
Beautiful Birth
A Nation of Winners
Are Italians White?
"The White People Are Going to Rule the Country"
Extermination: Africa
Mein Kampf
The Holocaust
Judgment: Race and Racism After the Holocaust
Child of God
"May Be of Any Race": Race and Racism Today
"Black Is a Way of Acting": Race Today
"In Every Age"
Photo and Illustration Credits
List of Bibliographical Abbreviations in the Notes
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