A Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America Frank Shuffelton

ISBN: 9780195075229

Published: April 29th 1993

Hardcover

296 pages


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A Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America  by  Frank Shuffelton

A Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America by Frank Shuffelton
April 29th 1993 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 296 pages | ISBN: 9780195075229 | 9.66 Mb

Entering one of the most topical and energetic debates of our time, this collection of new essays addresses the issue of ethnicity, focusing on colonial America, a period which has been previously overlooked in recent scholarship about the formationMoreEntering one of the most topical and energetic debates of our time, this collection of new essays addresses the issue of ethnicity, focusing on colonial America, a period which has been previously overlooked in recent scholarship about the formation of American culture.The essays in A Mixed Race suggest that American culture has arisen out of an unusually rich and interactive ethnic mix--inescapably multicultural from its very beginnings--and that this representation of cultural differences has fundamentally defined American culture.

They argue that culture shaped by responses to ethnic and racial difference is not merely a modern circumstance but one at the base of American history.If we were already in 1846 a mixed race, at least culturally if not genetically (but that, too), our mixture resulted from years of confrontation, conflict, negotiation, and cooperation between culturally varied groups of European immigrants, Native Americans, and kidnapped Africans.

The winds from all quarters of the globe had been blowing for centuries…the mixed race that America had already become in 1846 had differentiated itself from its putatively English origins through an almost dizzying array of confrontations and compromises with an array of other cultural possibilities.Her romantic, pastoral metaphors of national growth masked the suffering, the violence, and the excitement that went into making the American mixture, even as it masked the continuing presence of ethnic Others who threatened and were threatened by a myth of a European blossoming in the New World atmosphere.-- from the Introduction



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