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The Legacy of Jordan’s *White Over Black* (1969)

Classics Series Richard H. King on Winthrop D. Jordan’s White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro 1550-1812 (1969)   We don’t generally link the historiography of race and slavery with intellectual history, but the connection is certainly there. Not only was there a slave experience (or set of experiences) in what became the United States, there were also pre-existing ideas about slavery and race. The single book that explored this collision between experience and ideas was Winthrop D. Jordan’s White Over Black (1968). A massively researched history of white attitudes toward race and slavery up to the early nineteenth century, Read more