[Marxism] The real white history and its place in Black History

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Sat Feb 17 17:52:52 MST 2007

This book by Aptheker is a history of white people who were leading
anti-racist fighters. 



Anti-Racism in U.S. History The First Two Hundred Years 

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Herbert Aptheker


*	Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, 1992 


*	Historians, Aptheker argues, have frequently noted but rarely
developed the point that throughout the two centuries of North American
racial slavery, substantial numbers of whites rejected racist rationales for
the "peculiar institution" and displayed a remarkable degree of interracial
egalitarianism. Marshaling a large quantity of documentary evidence,
Aptheker seeks to draw attention to the pervasiveness of what he calls
"anti-racism" in Euro-American culture. The definition of racism in use here
is a narrow one--what historians usually describe as "ideological" racism:
systematic, pseudoscientific theories of inherent racial inferiority.
Consequently, it is easy to concede Aptheker's point yet to wonder that so
many white Americans lived comfortably with "societal" racism: de facto
black inferiority based on established status relationships. It seems to
have been the latter, after all, that had the greatest impact on the actual
life opportunities for African Americans in American society. All levels. 

*	Aptheker's usual care and exhaustive knowledge of primary and
secondary sources are evident and impressive. 
	—The Historian 

*	Now Aptheker offers another readjustment of our intellectual and
moral sights. This present volume on the first two hundred years of
"anti-racism" in the United States ends with the American Civil War, but
another volume is promised, which will take the story into the early
twentieth century. This book presents a great deal of evidence that shows
racism met considerable opposition in this country for many years. 
	—American Historical Review 

*	The preeminent Marxist historian of the African American experience
has produced another major work that will provoke debate and stimulate
reevaluation; this time of the character and extent of anti-racism in the
nation's history. Herbert Aptheker has written an important and wise book
which resonates with impressive scholarship and an impassioned affirmation
that racism can be fought and eradicated, that black and white unity can be
battled for and won. 
	—Science & Society 
*	This book breaks fresh ground in comprehensively and systematically
exploring a theme that has hitherto been ignored or received fragmentary
	—Journal of American History 
*	This book is especially valuable for the large number of instances
where whites sided with blacks, sometimes including outright revolts.
Herbert Aptheker has himself rendered us all a great service by restoring
the record of racial solidarity, justice, understanding and a common culture
in America. This is a record that should be known and taught in all our
schools and colleges throughout the country. 
	—People's Culture 

Description: Many books, both popular and scholarly, have examined racism in
the United States, but this unique volume is the first to examine the
existence of anti-racism in the first two hundred years of U.S. history.
Herbert Aptheker challenges the view that racism was universally accepted by
whites. His book thoroughly debunks the myth that white people never cared
about the plight of African-Americans until just before the outbreak of the
Civil War. Covering the period from the 1600s through the 1860s, Aptheker
begins with a short introduction and a questioning of racism's
pervasiveness, taking examples of anti-racism from the literature. He then
devotes sections to sexual relations, racism and anti-racism, to joint
struggles to reject racism, and to a discussion of Grégoire, Banneker, and
Jeffersonianism. Next he considers "inferiority" as viewed by poets,
preachers, and teachers and by entrepreneuers, seamen, and cowboys. After a
consideration of the Quakers, he turns his attention to the American and
French revolutions and racism and to the Republic's early years and racism.
Aptheker then devotes several sections to Abolitionism and concludes the
work with the "the Crisis Decade," the Civil War, Emancipation, and
anti-racism. This book by a well-known scholar in the field will be of
interest to all concerned with U.S. history and African American history. 
Table of Contents: 

*	Introduction 
*	Anti-Racism: Denial and Distortion 
*	Questioning Racism's Pervasiveness 
*	Anti-Racism's Presence: Examples from the Literature 
*	Sexual Relations 
*	Rejecting Racism by Joint Struggle 
*	Grégoire, Banneker, and Jeffersonianism 
*	"Inferiority" and Poets, Preachers, and Teachers 
*	"Inferiority" and Entrepreneurs, Seamen, and Cowboys 
*	From Egypt to Philosophes to Quakers 
*	The American and French Revolutions 
*	The Republic's Early Years 
*	The New Century's Youth 
*	Lane Rebels and Black Rebels 
*	Abolitionism and Racism 
*	Immortals of Literature and Martyrs for Freedom 
*	From Liberty Party to Republican Party 
*	The Crisis Decade 
*	The Civil War and Emancipation 
*	Bibliographic Comment 
*	Index 

LC Card Number: 91-24177 
LCC Class: E185 
Dewey Class: 305.8 
	New Release 

Book Code: ARU/ 
ISBN: 0-313-28199-8 
ISBN-13: 978-0-313-28199-0 
DOI:10.1336/0313281998 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1336/0313281998> 
264 pages, notes 
Greenwood Press 
Publication Date: 2/28/1992 
List Price: $115.00 (UK Sterling Price: £65.00) 
Availability: Out of stock 
Media Type: Hardcover 
Also Available: Paperback 
Trim Size: 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 

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