"One of the most important historical works of the past 40 years, contributing to the cultural shift in white thinking that made possible the election of Barack Obama."
Gordon S. Wood, Wall Street Journal
A massive and learned work that stands as the most informed and impressive pronouncement on the subject yet made.
C. Vann Woodward, New York Times Book Review
[A] rare thing: an original contribution to an important subject.
The judges for the 1969 National Book Award for History and Biography
This monumental study is a tremendously important block, fascinating and appalling, of American social and cultural history.
The Phi Beta Kappa Senate award committee for the 1968 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award
A monumental work of scholarship.
White Over Black will stand as a landmark in the historiography of this generation. . . . A brilliant achievement.
Richard D. Brown, New England Quarterly
From the Inside Flap
A timeless classic and award-winning work on the history of race relations in early America.