White Over Black. American Attitudes Toward the Negro 1550-1812. [First Edition]
Lovely copy of this important work examining how Colonial Englishmen created chattel slavery and were, in turn, confronted by it. “Jordan’s assertion in White Over Black that English perceptions about color, Christianity, manners, sexuality, and social hierarchy contributed to their ‘unthinking decision’ to start the trans-Atlantic slave trade and crystallized by the late eighteenth century into a race-based justification for chattel slavery, had a profound impact on historians’ understanding of both slavery and racism. The book’s erudite discussion of inter-racial sex is credited with inspiring serious scholarly inquiry into that topic—particularly into the relationship between president Thomas Jefferson and his slave named Sally Hemings.” (Wikipedia)
National Book Award Winner and Bancroft Prize Winner; the first edition is scarce in this condition.
Description: White Over Black. American Attitudes Toward the Negro 1550-1812. [First Edition]
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, (1968). 651 pages. First Edition. Publisher’s cloth. Edges of text block lightly foxed; short closed tear to head of jacket’s spine panel. Near Fine condition.