- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (March 9, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019513737X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195137378
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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- #513 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Specific Demographics > Minority Studies
- #849 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Specific Demographics > Ethnic Studies
- #1226 in Books > History > Americas > United States > African Americans > Discrimination & Racism
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Iron Cages : Race and Culture in 19th-Century America Revised ed. Edition
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"Suitable for surveys and advanced courses in Ethnic and social history, this book has important revelations for our 21st century students. It tells of paths taken and abandoned, lessons learned and ignored, and consequences. A thought provoker."--Stuart Knee, College of Charleston
About the Author
Ronald Takaki is at University of California, Berkeley.
Top Customer Reviews
By use of diaries and works culled from the deepest annals of history, Professor Takaki points out and points to the vulnerability, ambivalence, befuddlement and powerlessness felt and experienced by the founding fathers, who looked to build a moral nation - one not mirroring the licentiousness and dissipation of Great Britain. The very mores, however, advanced by the founding fathers, in twisted and convoluted turns, gave rise to the very "profligacy" and "luxury" that threatened the infant nation. It is from this point forward where the Professor effectively links the oppression of black slavery to other forms of white racial animus experienced by those groups not labeled, or hesitantly so, as white and particularly male.
Joel Kovel's White Racism: A Psychohistory is both a good and interesting follow-up read.