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Title:
A dreadful deceit : the myth of race from the colonial era to Obama's America
ISBN:
9780465036707
Physical Description:
xvii, 381 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents:
Antonio: a killing in early colonial Maryland -- Boston King: self-interested patriotism in revolutionary-era South Carolina -- Elleanor Eldridge: "complexional hindrance" in antebellum Rhode Island -- Richard W. White: "racial" politics in post-civil war Savannah -- William H. Holtzclaw: the "black man's burden" in the heart of Mississippi -- Simon P. Owens: a Detroit wildcatter at the point of production.
Summary:
In 1656, a planter in colonial Maryland tortured and killed one of his slaves, an Angolan man named Antonio who refused to work the fields. Over three centuries later, a Detroit labor organizer named Simon Owens watched as strikebreakers wielding bats and lead pipes beat his fellow autoworkers for protesting their inhumane working conditions. Antonio and Owens had nothing in common but the color of their skin and the economic injustices they battled, yet the former is what defines them in America's consciousness.
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