White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea

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Princeton University Press
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author
Tyler Stovall (1954-2021) was professor of history and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. His books include Transnational France: The Modern History of a Universal Nation, Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light, and The Rise of the Paris Red Belt.
"Shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize, McGill University"
"One of NPR's 'Books We Love'"
"This cogent study of ideas of race and freedom has added relevance and crossover potential in today's political landscape."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"What makes Stovall's work so valuable ... is that his study of 'white freedom' helps illuminate the stakes of the present and the ongoing struggle over the meaning of American democracy. It is a fight, for some, to be free (or at least more free) of domination and hierarchy, and a fight, for others, to be free to dominate."---Jamelle Bouie, New York Times
"Extremely convincing."---Ilana Masad, NPR
"White Freedom is clear and engaging. It offers fresh insight to the idea of liberty -- an idea that is increasingly at the fore of societal concern. Stovall doesn't preach; he doesn't try to convince anyone to come to his side. He offers important context to the history of the development of freedom, and engaging analysis supported by carefully researched evidence. Stovall, a professor of history and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University, gives us all the information we need, and then challenges us to look deeper."---Brock Kingsley, Chicago Review of Books
"[P]owerful and persuasive demonstrations of the complementary relationship between freedom and race. . . . [White Freedom] is a treasure trove of historical detail, but it's also written clearly and persuasively . . . a worthy addition to the recent surge of work rethinking the connection between race and other fundamental aspects of our social system."---Olúfémi O. Táíwò, The Nation
"A valuable book."---David A. Bell, New York Review of Books
"A read that racked my brain and challenged my own views about how I interpret what social justice and liberty mean for different groups of people and movements."---Kaylah Jackson, Vox
"Stoval has not only made a brilliant and incredibly important contribution to the historiography on freedom and race, but also to our scholarly knowledge on the modern western world more broadly, and to the field of whiteness studies more specifically. The book is a must-read for any historian of the modern period; scholars of other humanities disciplines would nevertheless undoubtedly benefit from learning that the values of freedom and anti-racism indeed have a history; and that history is not how we might have until now thought."---Ruth Ennis, Connections

Tyler Stovall's work is important in illuminating previously ignored areas of class, race and colonialism and should be better known and cherished.

"---Kenan Malik, Observer