This volume in the Sage Series on Race and Ethnic Relations seeks to explain the phenomenon of racism throughout history by drawing on and integrating the massive literature on racism coming out of the economic, political, and cultural realms. In so doing, author Carter A. Wilson tackles four major goals: first, to help resolve the major debates surrounding racism; second, to demystify racism; third, to provide understanding of how racism has been sustained in various historical eras; and finally, to discuss how racism takes on different forms in various stages of history. This eye-opening volume sheds new light on racism and will be vital to students and professionals in race and ethnic studies, sociology, political science, economics, history, American studies and anthropology.
Chapter 4: The Origins and Maintenance of Slavery and Dominative Racism in North America
The Origins and Maintenance of Slavery and Dominative Racism in North America
Modern England emerged in ways similar to modern Spain. A new class, driven to accumulate wealth, arose in England, especially by the 17th century. This class led the British charge to colonize the world—to conquer other people to use them to create wealth for England. The formation of these colonies involved the subjugation of people in foreign regions, most of whom had darker skins. This conquest and subjugation produced a new world order divided along a color line and a new worldview. This new view characterized dominant Europeans as superior and portrayed subjugated people as inferior.
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