The Resource A hideous monster of the mind : American race theory in the early republic, Bruce Dain

A hideous monster of the mind : American race theory in the early republic, Bruce Dain

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A hideous monster of the mind : American race theory in the early republic
Title
A hideous monster of the mind
Title remainder
American race theory in the early republic
Statement of responsibility
Bruce Dain
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A Hideous Monster of the Mind reveals that ideas on race crossed racial boundaries in a process that produced not only well-known theories of biological racism but also countertheories that were early expressions of cultural relativism, cultural pluralism, and latter-day Afrocentrism." "From 1800 to 1830 in particular, race took on a new reality as Americans, black and white, reacted to postrevolutionary disillusionment, the events of the Haitian Revolution, the rise of cotton culture, and the entrenchment of slavery. Dain examines not only major white figures like Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Stanhope Smith but also the first self-consciously "black" African-American writers. These various thinkers transformed late-eighteenth-century European environmentalist "natural history" into race theories that combined culture and biology and set the terms for later controversies over slavery and abolition. In those debate, the ethnology of Samuel George Morton and Josiah Nott intertwined conceptually with important writing by black authors who have been largely forgotten, such as Hosea Easton and James McCune Smith. Scientific racism and the idea of races as cultural constructions were thus interrelated aspects of the same effort to explain human differences."--Jacket
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Dewey number
305.8/009
Index
index present
LC call number
GN269
LC item number
.D34 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
A hideous monster of the mind : American race theory in the early republic, Bruce Dain
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The face of nature -- Culture and the persistence of race -- The horrors of St. Domingue -- The mutability of human affairs -- Conceiving universal equality -- Black immediatism -- The new ethnology -- Effacing the individual
Control code
ocn607917320
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 321 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674030145
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b35634200
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)607917320
  • pebcs0674030141
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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