How did racial prejudice originate and why has it been so deeply rooted in American culture? What have been the long-term effects of prejudice on the intellectual, communal, and psychological resources of African Americans? How might the nightmare of racial domination be truly brought to an end?
George R. Price teaches Native American studies at Salish Kootenai College and the University of Montana. James Brewer Stewart is James Wallace Professor of History at Macalaster College.
David Walker's 1829 Appeal is generally regarded as the most radical black protest statement of the nineteenth century, but intellectually, Easton was even more provocative than Walker. One can see precedents in his work both of 'Afrocentrism' and of the notion of African American 'cultural pathology' brought on by persistent white prejudice.--Bruce Dain, author of A Hideous Monster of the Mind: The Birth of American Race Theory, 1787--1859 Easton's Treatise is essential reading for anyone studying race, slavery, reform, and African Americans in the antebellum era. Publication of the Treatise alone is a significant contribution, but even better, it is combined with a brilliant introduction rich with formerly unknown biographical detail about Easton and his family and with invaluable background that situates the man and his book in a vivid, accurate context. I plan to be among the first to adopt this book for my courses.--Peter Hinks, author of To Wake My Afflicted Brethren: David Walker and the Problem of Antebellum Slave Resistance
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