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The Columbian Covenant: Race and the Writing of American History


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. James Carson
    Pages 1-24
  3. James Carson
    Pages 25-48
  4. James Carson
    Pages 49-68
  5. James Carson
    Pages 69-92
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 93-127

About this book


This provocative analysis of American historiography argues that when scholars use modern racial language to articulate past histories of race and society, they collapse different historical signs of skin color into a transhistorical and essentialist notion of race that implicates their work in the very racial categories they seek to transcend.


America American History argue color historiography history history of literature language society writing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.History DepartmentQueen’s UniversityCanada

About the authors

James Carson is Chair of the Department of History at Queen's University, Canada.

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