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The History of White People

by Nell Irvin Painter

Hardcover, 496 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $27.95 |

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Traces the invention of the idea of a white race—often for economic, scientific and political ends—showing how the origins of the American identity in the 18th century were tied to the elevation of white skin as the embodiment of beauty, power and intelligence and how even intellectuals insisted that only Anglo Saxons were truly American.

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