BOOK/NEWS: Second Edition of Jordan’s White Over Black Released

White Over Black

Winthrop D. Jordan. White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812, 2nd Ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

via UNC Press:

In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan set out in encyclopedic detail the evolution of white Englishmen’s and Anglo-Americans’ perceptions of blacks, perceptions of difference used to justify race-based slavery, and liberty and justice for whites only. This second edition, with new forewords by historians Christopher Leslie Brown and Peter H. Wood, reminds us that Jordan’s text is still the definitive work on the history of race in America in the colonial era. Every book published to this day on slavery and racism builds upon his work; all are judged in comparison to it; none has surpassed it.

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