This unique collection brings together selections from the work that has defined our understanding of racism. Every significant contribution to the analysis of racism over the past 50 years are comprised in this one book, including extracts from Myrdal's An American Dilemma, Cox's Marxist theory, Carmichael and Hamilton's introduction of the term ‘institutional racism’ and recent textual analyses. Ordered chronologically, so that the reader can work through the narrative of changes coherently, each contribution is introduced by the editors and the whole collection is bound together by introductory and concluding chapters. The result is an unparalleled teaching and study resource. No other book presents the highlights, range and complexity of the various attempts to unravel racism, in such a comprehensive and panoramic way.
Chapter 4: Black Reconstruction in America, 1860–1880
Black Reconstruction in America, 1860–1880
This is a classic work by W.E.B. Du Bois, originally published in 1935. The work focuses on how blacks attempted to democratize and modernize the South after the Civil War period, and how racism was utilized to stop this social movement. The chapter excerpted here, ‘The White Worker’, explains the emerging relationship between white workers, industrialization, and race. Du Bois explains that the role of the white working class is a critical one during this period if the black-led movement for social and economic reform is to succeed in the South. But, prescient of the more recent scholarship on white skin privileges in the United States, Du Bois shows how the white working class succumbed ...