- Update : see : The assault on American Indian tribal relationships…
…is the title of two volumes by Theodore W. Allen, published by Verso. Volume One (1994) is sub-titled ‘Racial Oppression and Social Control’; Volume Two (1997) ‘The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America’. What Poumista would probably describe as a “neat-o” summary of his argument is available here.
I picked them up for a song from Barricade.
The Irish came to America in the eighteenth century, fleeing a homeland under foreign occupation and a caste system that regarded them as the lowest form of humanity. In the new country – a land of opportunity – they found a very different form of social hierarchy, one that was based on the color of a person’s skin. Noel Ignatiev’s 1995 book – the first published work of one of America’s leading and most controversial historians – tells the story of how the oppressed became the oppressors; how the new Irish immigrants achieved acceptance among an initially hostile population only by proving that they could be more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than the nativists. This is the story of How the Irish Became White.
— and J. Sakai’s Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat (Morningstar, 1989 (1983?) [PDF]. A critical review — ‘J. Sakai’s Settlers and Anti-Racist Working-Class Politics’ by Sebastian Lamb (of the Canadian group New Socialist) — is available here. On a spotterly note, Seb writes: “The roots of the problem [with Sakai’s argument] are in the book’s crude theoretical framework, one of many versions of the Maoist “Marxism-Leninism” that flourished in the “New Communist Movement” (NCM) of the 1960s and 1970s (see… Max Elbaum’s book Revolution in the Air…)” (Verso, 2002) and especially Loren Goldner’s review of same.
I is gonna upload a quote or two from Volume One of Ted’s inventive history in the near future…
See also : Sojourner Truth Organization Digital Archive | Whites not all right! Anti-White Conference bad! Exclamation marks good!!! (December 5, 2008) | White Privilege // Whiteness Studies (October 7, 2008) | Anarchism and Aboriginal sovereignty (July 16, 2008) | Anarchy 102 : Race (April 10, 2007).