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Hideous Monster of the Mind : American Race Theory in the Early Republic (03 Edition)

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The intellectual history of race, one of the most pernicious and enduring ideas in American history, has remained segregated into studies of black or white traditions. Bruce Dain breaks this separatist pattern with an integrated account of the emergence of modern racial consciousness in the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War. A Hideous Monster of the Mind reveals that ideas on race crossed racial boundaries in a process that produced not only well-known theories of biological racism but also countertheories that were early expressions of cultural relativism, cultural pluralism, and latter-day Afrocentrism.

From 1800 to 1830 in particular, race took on a new reality as Americans, black and white, reacted to postrevolutionary disillusionment, the events of the Haitian Revolution, the rise of cotton culture, and the entrenchment of slavery. Dain examines not only major white figures like Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Stanhope Smith, but also the first self-consciously "black" African-American writers. These various thinkers transformed late-eighteenth-century European environmentalist "natural history" into race theories that combined culture and biology and set the terms for later controversies over slavery and abolition. In those debates, the ethnology of Samuel George Morton and Josiah Nott intertwined conceptually with important writing by black authors who have been largely forgotten, like Hosea Easton and James McCune Smith. Scientific racism and the idea of races as cultural constructions were thus interrelated aspects of the same effort to explain human differences.

In retrieving neglected African-American thinkers, reestablishing the European intellectual background to American racial theory, and demonstrating the deep confusion "race" caused for thinkers black and white, A Hideous Monster of the Mind offers an engaging and enlightening new perspective on modern American racial thought.

Synopsis:

The intellectual history of race, one of the most pernicious and enduring ideas in American history, has remained segregated into studies of black or white traditions. Bruce Dain breaks this separatist pattern with an integrated account of the emergence of modern racial consciousness in the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-310) and index.

About the Author

Bruce Dain is Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah.

University of Utah

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Face of Nature

2. Culture and the Persistence of Race

3. The Horrors of St. Domingue

4. The Mutability of Human Affairs

5. Conceiving Universal Equality

6. Black Immediatism

7. The New Ethnology

8. Effacing the Individual

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674009462
Author:
Dain, Bruce
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Racism in anthropology
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Race discimination
Subject:
Race - Philosophy
Subject:
United States Moral conditions.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 503/504
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
334
Dimensions:
10 x 6 in 21 oz

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