Race and the Return of the Great Chain of Being, 1800–50

  • Nancy Stepan
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series

Abstract

A fundamental question about the history of racism in the first half of the nineteenth century is why it was that, just as the battle against slavery was being won by abolitionists, the war against racism in European thought was being lost. The Negro was legally freed by the Emancipation Act of 1833, but in the British mind he was still mentally, morally and physically a slave.

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  • Nancy Stepan
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryYale UniversityUSA

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