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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.

Debt Peonage and Dominative Aversive Racism (1865–1965)
Debt peonage and dominative aversive racism (1865–1965)

The Civil War ended with the abolition of slavery, although the war did not begin with this goal. The war began for the South, intent on preserving and expanding slavery, as a war for independence. It began for the North as a war to preserve the Union. It was not a war to end slavery. Lincoln himself had said that he would protect the institution of slavery if necessary to preserve the Union. Nevertheless, by the end of the war, the scope of the conflict had expanded to include the struggle of African Americans for their freedom.

The war ended with the participation of African American troops and the emancipation of the slaves. ...

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