By Masaki Kawashima
Powerfully synthesizing significant currents within the box, this ebook addresses the difficulty of inequality throughout American politics and society, utilizing race as a lens for the exploration of significant topics in American background. It considers the idea that of race as a social development, opposed to the history of the historic struggles for “fairness” in a society in response to the framework of democracy, whose precept is that majority’s consent be useful for the success of “justice.”
Foregrounding difficulties of race, capital, and political economic system, it rather examines the connections among race and sophistication, the connection of slavery and nationwide politics, and the particular highbrow framework that americans have built to debate “race.”
Offering a close account of civil rights laws, an outline of immigration legislations and coverage, and accomplished overviews of debates approximately affirmative motion, immigration, and the motives and recommendations to racialized city poverty, this ebook emphasizes what's special in regards to the usa and gives a special comparative framework for brooding about America’s racial past.
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31 However, the facts so far described insist that it was mainly slavery that made possible the newborn republic’s relatively quick rise toward self-industrialization in the first half of the nineteenth century and built the economic foundation for present-day prosperity. Slavery also made possible the present-day prosperity of Britain, France, and other Western powers. 35 The above-mentioned facts strongly suggest that the historical past of African Americans should be seen with deep respect.
From the outset, white indentured servants and Black slaves were not perfectly equal. For instance, only baptized slaves were entitled to be witnesses in court trials. Interracial sexual intercourse cases were examined not in civil but in criminal trials. The sentences handed down often consisted of corporal punishment and some form of public humiliation, such as being whipped in public. If white servants had been tried in a civil court, they would have only had to give monetary compensation to a slave master for the time lost when the female slave was unable to work due to pregnancy and childbirth.
What led a nation, that was prospering due to slavery, to a disastrous civil war and then to the eventual abolishment of slavery? Chapter 3 then follows the story from the abolition of slavery to the rise of Jim Crow and attempts to answer the question of how the North could recognize this. ” Part II (Chaps. 5, 6, and 7) deals with the post-movement days to the present, focusing on the unsolvable matter of de facto residential segregation not only by “race” but also by class. Chapter 5 attempts to answer how controversial programs such as Affirmative Action were established under the conservative Republican administration and why the difficulties facing many African Americans persist half a century after the anti-discrimination federal laws were enacted.
American History, Race and the Struggle for Equality: An Unfinished Journey by Masaki Kawashima