'We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident...' : An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America

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"We hold these truths to be self evident..." An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America delves into the philosophical, historical, socio/cultural and political evolution of racism and slavery in America. The premise of this work is that racism and slavery in America are the result of an unintentional historical intertwining of various Western philosophical, religious, cultural, social, economic, and political strands of thought that date back to the Classical Era. These strands have become tangled in a Gordian knot, which can only be unraveled through the bold application of a variety of multidisciplinary tools. By doing so, this book is intended help the reader understand how the United States, a nation that claims "all men are created equal," could be responsible for slavery and the intractable threads of racism and inequality that have become woven into its cultural the fabric. ...

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    Author: By (author)  Kenneth N. Addison
    Format: Hardback
    Language: English
    More Product Information 1: Table of contents
    Part 1 Part One: The Architecture of Hegemony: Western Ascension, Race, and World Dominance Chapter 2 1. Philosophy: Western Culture's Rosetta Stone Chapter 3 2. Eurocentrism: The Metaphysics of Western Hegemony Chapter 4 3. Imperialism: A Teleological Analysis of Western Ascension Chapter 5 4. Racism: Cornerstone of American Privilege Part 6 Part Two: A Pyramid of Privilege: The Structure of American Inequality Chapter 7 5. Slavery: The Bedrock of English Colonial Privilege Chapter 8 6. The Constitution: A Guarantor of Property Rights and a Blueprint for Racial Inequality Chapter 9 7. Black Labor/ White Wealth: Slavery's Role in Constructing America's Pyramid of Privilege Chapter 10 8. Black Observations from the Shadow of the Pyramid ...

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    With rigorous historical analysis that excavates the centrality of white supremacy to institutions and beliefs that constitute the very core of the United States, We Hold These Truths offers fresh insights into the complexity of contemporary debates surrounding race and power. Readers will be moved to think, and more importantly to act, by Addison's evocative writing, detailed analysis and striking imagery. An iconoclastic text, We Hold These Truths is a must-read for students invested in economic, gender and racial justice, across the disciplines. -- Dr. Erica Meiners, author of Right to be Hostile: Schools, Prisons, and the Making of Public Enemies and co-author of Disruptive Readings on Making Dr. Addison's analysis of the roots of racism in the U.S. on one level is......

    More Product Information 3: About Kenneth N. Addison
    Dr. Kenneth Addison is a professor in the Educational Foundations program at Northeastern Illinois University. As a faculty member in the Educational Foundations program he both coordinates and teaches courses that serve as the philosophical, historical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological foundations of American education. ...