Revised edition. - Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
Book — 1 online resource
Machine generated contents note: PART I
1. On the Importance of Good Breeding
2. Debating Race and the Meaning of Whiteness
3. Eliminating the "Dubious Hyphen between Savagery and Civilization"
4. Racial Discourse in the United States and Australia
5. Missionaries, Settlers, Cherokees, and African Americans, 1780s -- 1850s
6. Missionaries, Settlers, and Australian Aborigines, 1780s -- 1850s
7. Evolution of an American Race, 1860s -- 1890s
8. Evolution of White Australia, 1860 -- 1890
9. "Science" of Human Breeding
10. "Breeding out the Colour."
Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780-1940, Revised Edition is a sociohistorical tour de force that examines the entwined formation of racial theory and sexual constructs within settler colonialism in the United States and Australia from the Age of Revolution to the Great Depression. Gregory D. Smithers historicizes the dissemination and application of scientific and social-scientific ideas within the process of nation building in two countries with large Indigenous populations and shows how intellectual constructs of race and sexuality were mobilized to subdue Aboriginal peoples. Building on the comparative settler-colonial and imperial histories that appeared after the book's original publication, this completely revised edition includes two new chapters. In this singular contribution to the study of transnational and comparative settler colonialism, Smithers expands on recent scholarship to illuminate both the subject of the scientific study of race and sexuality and the national and interrelated histories of the United States and Australia. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2009.
Book — 1 online resource (159 pages)
The "chickens are coming home to roost" : Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and the Black church
"I don't want people to pretend I'm not Black" : Barack Obama and America's racial history
Barack Obama's inauguration as the first African American president of the United States has caused many commentators to conclude that America has entered a postracial age. ""The Preacher and the Politician"" argues otherwise, reminding us that, far from inevitable, Obama's nomination was nearly derailed by his relationship with Jeremiah Wright, the outspoken former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago. The media storm surrounding Wright's sermons, the historians Clarence E. Walker and Gregory D. Smithers suggest, reveals that America's fraught racial past is very much with us, only slightly less obviously so. With meticulous research and insightful analysis, Walker and Smithers take us back to the Democratic primary season of 2008, viewing the controversy surrounding Wright in the context of key religious, political, and racial dynamics in American history. In the process they expose how the persistence of institutional racism, and racial stereotypes, became a significant hurdle for Obama in his quest for the presidency. The authors situate Wright's preaching in African American religious traditions dating back to the eighteenth century, but they also place his sermons in a broader prophetic strain of Protestantism that transcends racial categories. This latter connection was consistently missed or ignored by pundits on the right and the left who sought to paint the story in simplistic, and racially defined, terms. Obama's connection with Wright gave rise to criticism that, according to Walker and Smithers, sits squarely in the American political tradition, where certain words are meant to incite racial fear, in the case of Obama with charges that the candidate was unpatriotic, a Marxist, a Black Nationalist, or a Muslim. Once Obama became the Democratic nominee, the day of his election still saw ballot measures rejecting affirmative action and undermining the civil rights of other groups. ""The Preacher and the Politician"" is a concise and timely work that reminds us of the need to continue to confront the legacy of racism even as we celebrate advances in racial equality and opportunity. (source: Nielsen Book Data)