Sunday, August 29, 2010

History for the Future: David Roediger on Race and Whiteness

(HUM 121 students--link to your assignment: HUM 121: The People Speak, Pt. 2 and "The Body Rituals of the Nacirema")

David Roediger on Race and Whiteness
History for the Future (WRCT: Pittsburgh)

... Historian David R. Roediger discusses the history of race and “whiteness” in America. The author of several books on labor, race, and power, including The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class, and most recently, How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon, Roediger’s work explores how the idea of race — including “the white race” — has been made and re-made throughout American history. In the interview Roediger talks about this history, how President Obama has navigated the issue of race, and how current debates over Islam and Muslim immigration fit into America’s racial past.

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