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In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan set out in encyclopedic detail the evolution of white Englishmen's and Anglo-Americans' perceptions of blacks, perceptions of difference used to justify race-based slavery, and liberty and justice for whites only. This second edition, with new forewords by historians Christopher Leslie Brown and Peter H. Wood, reminds us that Jordan's text is still the definitive work on the history of race in America in the colonial era. Every book published to this day on slavery and racism builds upon his work; all are judged in comparison to it; none has surpassed it.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Foreword
  2. Christopher Leslie Brown
  3. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Peter H. Wood
  3. pp. xvii-xxv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxvii-xxxiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxxv-xxxvi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xxxvii-xl
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  1. Part One. Genesis 1550–1700
  1. I. First Impressions: Initial English Confrontation with Africans
  2. pp. 3-43
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  1. II. Unthinking Decision: Enslavement of Negroes in America to 1700
  2. pp. 44-98
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  1. Part Two. Provincial Decades 1700–1755
  1. III. Anxious Oppressors: Freedom and Control in a Slave Society
  2. pp. 101-135
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  1. IV. Fruits of Passion: the Dynamics of Interracial Sex
  2. pp. 136-178
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  1. V. The Souls of Men: the Negro's Spiritual Nature
  2. pp. 179-215
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  1. VI. The Bodies of Men: the Negro's Physical Nature
  2. pp. 216-266
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  1. Part Three. The Revolutionary Era 1755–1783
  1. VII. Self-Scrutiny in the Revolutionary Era
  2. pp. 269-312
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  1. Part Four. Society and Thought 1783–1812
  1. VIII. The Imperatives of Economic Interest and National Identity
  2. pp. 315-341
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  1. IX. The Limitations of Antislavery
  2. pp. 342-374
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  1. X. The Cancer of Revolution
  2. pp. 375-402
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  1. XI. The Resulting Pattern of Separation
  2. pp. 403-426
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  1. Part Five. Thought and Society 1783–1812
  1. XII. Thomas Jefferson: Self and Society
  2. pp. 429-481
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  1. XIII. The Negro Bound by the Chain of Being
  2. pp. 482-511
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  1. XIV. Erasing Nature's Stamp of Color
  2. pp. 512-541
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  1. XV. Toward a White Man's Country
  2. pp. 542-570
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  1. Epilogue
  1. XVI. Exodus
  2. pp. 573-582
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  1. Note on the Concept of Race
  2. pp. 583-585
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  1. Essay on Sources
  2. pp. 586-609
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  1. Select List of Full Titles
  2. pp. 610-616
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 617-651
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