[Marxism] Slavery and Race [was: Notes on David Brion Davis' review]
gmeyerson at triad.rr.com
Sat Nov 4 07:20:47 MST 2006
yes mark: linebaugh and rediker are good supplements here. it's not
that allen saw no multiracial options. he was just asking different
questions. he was zeroing in on "white identity," as a normative (as
opposed to descriptive) force.
> Most notably, Allen sees no multi-racial options, which are there in
> various subcultures at the edges of New World society (maroons,
> Also, the native presence is almost beneath notice.
> Most importantly for us--and this isn't Allen's fault--the "whiteness"
> elaborated into a key insight into the US history despite the obvious
> that Allen researched and wrote very little about the mainland North
> American colonies or the future United States. If we understand the
> of race, we need to be particularly careful about letting the evidence
> these different experiences and contexts speak for themselves.
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