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How did African-American slaves view their white masters? As demons, deities or another race entirely? When nineteenth-century white Americans proclaimed their innate superiority, did blacks agree? If not, why not? How did blacks assess the status of the white race? Mia Bay traces African-American perceptions of whites between 1830 and 1925 to depict America's shifting attitudes about race in a period that saw slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, and urban migration.

Much has been written about how the whites of this time viewed blacks, and about how blacks viewed themselves. By contrast, the ways in which blacks saw whites have remained a historical and intellectual mystery. Reversing the focus of such fundamental studies as George Fredrickson's The Black Image in the White Mind, Bay investigates this mystery. In doing so, she uncovers and elucidates the racial thought of a wide range of nineteenth-century African-Americans--educated and unlettered, male and female, free and enslaved.

About the Author:
Mia Bay is Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers University.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195100457
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 235 mm
  • No of Pages: 296
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 640 gr
  • ISBN-10: 019510045X
  • Publisher Date: 10 Feb 2000
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 24 mm
  • Width: 160 mm


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