The History of White People

 
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
Published: 
April, 2011
ISBN: 
978-0393339741
Publisher: 
W. W. Norton & Company

Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.

Area of Interest: 
Race & Ethnicity
Period: 
19th Century
20th Century
Region: 
United States