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The Invention of the White Race Paperback – November 20, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1844677719 ISBN-10: 1844677710 Edition: Second Edition, Two-book shrinkwrapped set

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 758 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Second Edition, Two-book shrinkwrapped set edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844677710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844677719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A powerful and polemical study.” (Times Literary Supplement)

“A monumental study of the birth of racism in the American South which makes truly new and convincing points about one of the most critical problems in US history … a highly original and seminal work.” (David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness)

“A must read for all social justice activists, teachers, and scholars.” (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie)

“Allen transforms the reader’s understanding of race and racial oppression from what mainstream history often portrays as an unfortunate sideshow in U.S. history, to a central feature in the construction of U.S. (and indeed global) capitalism. Allen destroys any notion that ‘race’ is a biological category but instead locates it in the realm of a construction aimed at oppression and social control. This is more than a look at history; it is a foundation for a path toward social justice.” (Bill Fletcher Jr., coauthor of Solidarity Divided)

“Decades before people made careers ‘undoing racism,’ Ted Allen was working on this trailblazing study, which has become required reading.” (Noel Ignatiev, coeditor of Race Traitor, author of How the Irish Became White)

“A real tour de force, a welcome return to empiricism in the subfield of race studies, and a timely reintroduction of class into the discourse on American exceptionalism.” (Times Higher Education Supplement)

“As magisterial and comprehensive as the day it was first published, Theodore Allen’s The Invention of the White Race continues to set the intellectual, analytical and rhetorical standard when it comes to understanding the real roots of white supremacy, its intrinsic connection to the class system, and the way in which persons committed to justice and equity might move society to a different reality.” (Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son)

“One of the most important books of U.S. history ever written. It illuminates the origins of the largest single obstacle to progressive change and working-class power in the U.S.: racism and white supremacy.” (Joe Berry, author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower)

“A must read for educators, scholars and social change activists – now more than ever! Ted Allen’s writings illuminate the centrality of how white supremacy continues to work in maintaining a powerless American working class.” (Tami Gold, director of RFK in the Land of Apartheid and My Country Occupied in Slave Plantation Societies)

“Few books are capable of carrying the profound weight of being deemed to be a classic – this is surely one. Indeed, if one has to read one book to provide a foundation for understanding the contemporary U.S. – read this one.” (Gerald Horne, author of Negro Comrades of the Crown)

“A richly researched and highly suggestive analysis … Indispensable for readers interested in the disposition of power in Ireland, in the genesis of racial oppression in the U.S., or in the fluidity of ‘race’ and the historic vicissitudes of ‘whiteness.’” (Choice)

“The most important book on the origin of racism in what was to become the United States – and more important now perhaps than when it was first released in the mid nineties.” (Gregory Meyerson, coeditor of Cultural Logic)

The Invention of the White Race is an important work for its meticulously researched materials and its insights into colonial history. Its themes and perspectives should be made available to all scholars … A classic without which no future American history will be written.” (Audrey Smedley, author of Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview)

About the Author

Theodore W. Allen was an independent scholar, coalminer, mailhandler, engineering draftsman, teacher and librarian.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean Ahern on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
How and why did white supremacism establish itself in colonial Virginia in the late 17th century? Who benefited? Who lost? And why even now in the 21st century is it still a defining feature of our political and economic life? World War II and the post war Civil Rights movement pulled back the veil of American democracy to reveal to the world a sordid reality uncomfortably similar to the race supremacism practiced by Nazism and Japanese militarism. The resistance to Jim Crow posed a challenge to American historians to account for this defining feature of US society. White supremacism was enshrined in the 3/5 clause of the Constitution but even after a civil war and ten years of Reconstruction why was it resurrected in the form of Jim Crow? Theodore W Allen devoted the last 35 years of his life looking for answers. Among his numerous published and unpublished works, The Invention of the White Race (2vols) is his magnum opus. Volume II in particular, subtitled The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo America, is increasingly acknowledged as a ground breaking definitive work and the foundation for a much needed and truly radical history of America
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By george baker on December 17, 2012
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it was a historical work that gave a correct view of western civilizations demonization of non white races of the human family.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2014
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a must read, because the truths Theodore Allen uncovered in all his meticulous research could help to set us all free, if only people knew.
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Right from the state it made my blood boil which gives me thinking points to write many a paper upon.
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