The Rise and Fall of the White Republic
Class Politics and Mass Culture in 19th Century America
With a Foreword by David R. Roediger, Series edited by Mike Davis, Series edited by Michael Sprinker
A Verso book
Saxton asks why white racism remained an ideological force in America long after the need to justify slavery and Western conquest had disappeared.
In this acclaimed historical study, Alexander Saxton establishes the centrality of white racism to American politics and culture. Examining images of race at a popular level – from blackface minstrelsy to the construction of the Western hero, from grassroots political culture to dime novels – as well as the philosophical constructions of the political elite, it is a powerful and comprehensive account of the ideological forces at work in the formation of modern America.
- July 2003
- 6 × 9.2 in
/ 400 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies and the Philippines.
Endorsements & Reviews
“No other book offers us such a richly detailed and elegantly written illumination of the relationship between race and the labyrinth of American party politics in the nineteenth century.” — Ron Takaki
“This is grand history ... an extraordinary book packed with detail and argument ... destined to provoke deep self-searching among its sensitive readers – and probably also wounded cries from the old-line historical establishment.” — Paul Buhle, The Nation