American History, Race and the Struggle for Equality

An Unfinished Journey

Authors: Kawashima, Masaki

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  • Discusses American history from the early history of enslavement, nineteenth-century labor and politics to the modern debate about affirmative action and rights, combining secondary literature as well as original research
  • Based on one hundred interviews with (ex-)activists in the 1990s and the 2000s
  • Situates American understandings of race in both the history of science and in current scientific and social scientific research about race as a “social construction.”
  • Introduces important dimensions of civil rights and black power history, with close attention to public policy
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About this book

Powerfully synthesizing major currents in the field, this book addresses the issue of inequality across American politics and society, using race as a lens for the exploration of major themes in American history. It considers the concept of race as a social construction, against the background of the historical struggles for “fairness” in a society based on the framework of democracy, whose principle is that majority’s consent be necessary for the fulfillment of “justice.”
Foregrounding problems of race, capital, and political economy, it particularly examines the connections between race and class, the relationship of slavery and national politics, and the distinctive intellectual framework that Americans have developed to discuss “race.”
Offering a detailed account of civil rights legislation, an overview of immigration law and policy, and comprehensive overviews of debates about affirmative action, immigration, and the causes and solutions to racialized urban poverty, this book emphasizes what is distinctive about the United States and offers a unique comparative framework for thinking about America’s racial past.

About the authors

Professor Masaki Kawashima is Director of the Center for American Studies (CAS), Editor of Nanzan Review of American Studies (NRAS), and Professor of American History at the Department of British and American Studies, Nanzan University, Japan. Professor Kawashima obtained his Litt.D. at Kyoto University, Japan, and has been researching and publishing on American history for over 30 years.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Invention of “Race” in the Modern World System

    Pages 1-29

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  • Slavery and the Early Development of America

    Pages 33-57

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  • From the Abolition to Jim Crow

    Pages 59-83

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  • The Attainment of Equality Under the Law

    Pages 85-111

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  • From the War on Poverty to the Quota System

    Pages 115-142

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
American History, Race and the Struggle for Equality
Book Subtitle
An Unfinished Journey
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-1977-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-1977-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-1976-0
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9493-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 300
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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