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.History DepartmentQueen’s UniversityCanada
About the authors
James Carson is Chair of the Department of History at Queen's University, Canada.
Book TitleThe Columbian Covenant: Race and the Writing of American History
Copyright InformationPalgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.2015