How Race Survived Us History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Eclipse of Post-Racialism

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About the Author

David R. Roediger is the Foundation Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of, among other books, The Wages of Whiteness and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness.


"Sometime in the US of the past quarter-century, calling policies and the people who dream them up racist became a worse offense than for them to be racist. This inversion, always dressed in self-righteous indignation, is actually part of the social evolution of white supremacy. David Roediger's book details in sharp and readable prose how race survived US history. It is a must-read for all who strive to understand--and abolish--what underlies the strangely strident rhetoric enveloping everything from presidential contests to prison expansion."
--Ruth Wilson Gilmore

"In a trenchant, broad-ranging analysis, the leading US historian of racism, David Roediger, demonstrates white supremacy's incredible staying power against major societal forces that should long ago have dismantled it. Not capitalism, not emancipation, not labor movements, not mass immigration, not the civil rights movement, not colorblind liberalism, and not the Barack Obama presidential campaign--not one of these forces separately, and not all of them together--have been able to destroy the deep structures of white racism in the United States."
--Joe R. Feagin

"A pithy little book ... Remind[s] us that whiteness was built over centuries on a foundation of deceit and confusion and disguised political imperatives."
--Kelefa Sanneh, New Yorker

"David Roediger's bold and brilliant book presents an extraordinary new framework for understanding the persistence of racism in the history of the United States. This book is a wake-up call and a warning, an appeal for understanding and action. It offers a clear and convincing demonstration that white supremacy is not merely a relic of the past but rather a perpetually renewed and infinitely renewable resource for inequality and injustice in the present."
--George Lipsitz

"This rousing, thought-provoking history illuminates the enveloping 400-year-old history of race in America, and the issues ... are as relevant as ever."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Scholars and activists will be able to rely upon this book for much needed historical perspective. Based heavily on an acute reading and insightful interpretation of a vast array of the secondary literature, this book is a worthy addition to Roediger's formidable oeuvre."
--Journal of African American History

"How Race Survived US History synthesizes a vast secondary literature ... into a simple yet elegant analysis."
--Journal of American History

"A staggering re-interpretation of the whole course of American history in which the skeletons in the closet walk again. From genocide and massacre to lynching to the coded tongue of liberalism, the bankruptcy of white supremacy is found in the racialized structures maintained by the enclosures of incarceration and the foreclosures of impignoration."
--Peter Linebaugh

"An extremely timely argument about the enduring significance of 'race' in American society, as well as a sophisticated polemic against the complacent assumption that the Obama phenomenon spells the end of American racism."
--Richard Seymour