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Race and U.S. foreign policy in the ages of territorial and market expansion, 1840 to 1900 /
edited with introductions by Michael L. Krenn.
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
xi, 410 p. ; 24 cm.
0815329563 (alk. paper)
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New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
0815329563 (alk. paper)
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Main Description
Explores the concept of "race" The term "race," which originally denoted genealogical or class identity, has in the comparatively brief span of 300 years taken on an entirely new meaning. In the wake of the Enlightenment it came to be applied to social groups. This ideological transformation coupled with a dogmatic insistence that the groups so designated were natural, and not socially created, gave birth to the modern notion of "races" as genetically distinct entities. The results of this view were the encoding of "race" and "racial" hierarchies in law, literature, and culture. How "racial" categories facilitate social control The articles in the series demonstrate that the classification of humans according to selected physical characteristics was an arbitrary decision that was not based on valid scientific method. They also examine the impact of colonialism on the propagation of the concept and note that "racial" categorization is a powerful social force that is often used topromote the interests of dominant social groups. Finally, the collection surveys how laws based on "race" have been enacted around the world to deny power to minority groups. A multidisciplinary resource This collection of outstanding articles brings multiple perspectives to bear on race theory and draws on a wider ranger of periodicals than even the largest library usually holds. Even if all the articles were available on campus, chances are that a student would have to track them down in several libraries and microfilm collections. Providing, of course, that no journals were reserved for graduate students, out for binding, or simply missing. This convenient set saves students substantial time and effort by making available all the key articles in one reliable source. Authoritative commentary The series editor has put together a balanced selection of the most significant works, accompanied by expert commentary. A general introduction gives important background informationand outlines fundamental issues, current scholarship, and scholarly controversies. Introductions to individual volumes put the articles in context and draw attention to germinal ideas and major shifts in the field. After reading the material, even a beginning student will have an excellent grasp of the basics of the subject.
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First published in 1998
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This volume shows how race played a role in shaping both the tremendous territorial expansion of the mid-1800s (the era of Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War) and the market expansion of the late-1800s (the era of imperialism and the Spanish-American War). The first set of essays examines the way in which derogatory stereotypes of Mexicans helped form the aggressive and expansionistic American attitudes which eventually resulted in the Mexican War. The second group of studies looks at the part race played in the overseas expansion the United States during the late 19th century, focusing on the Spanish-American War, the occupation of Cuba and the Philippines, and African American reactions to America's thrust toward empire.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction
Volume Introduction
The White Man's Burdenp. 1
Initial Contacts: Redeeming Texas from Mexicans, 1821-1836p. 43
The Origins of Anti-Mexican Sentiment in the United Statesp. 61
"Scarce More Than Apes": Historical Roots of Anglo American Stereotypes of Mexicans in the Border Regionp. 89
Mexican Opinion, American Racism, and the War of 1846p. 103
The Slavery Problem in the Diplomacy of the American Civil Warp. 117
Sambo and the Heathen Chinee: Californians' Racial Stereotypes in the Late 1870sp. 149
Frederick Douglass and American Diplomacy in the Caribbeanp. 169
Racism and the Imperialist Campaignp. 189
Imperialism and the Anglo-Saxonp. 208
The Anti-Imperialists, the Philippines, and the Inequality of Manp. 241
Race and American Expansion in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1895-1905p. 254
The Racial Overtones of Imperialism as a Campaign Issue, 1900p. 266
Black Americans and the Quest for Empire, 1898-1903p. 277
David Fagen: An Afro-American Rebel in the Philippines, 1899-1901p. 300
Booker T. Washington and the White Man's Burdenp. 317
Opposition of Negro Newspapers to American Philippine Policy, 1899-1900p. 345
Racial Anglo-Saxonism and the American Response to the Boer Warp. 371
Black Americans and the Boer War, 1899-1902p. 390
Acknowledgmentsp. 409
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