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Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America

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Written by highly acclaimed historian Gary B. Nash, this book presents an interpretive account of the interactions between Native Americans, African Americans, and Euroamericans during the colonial and revolutionary eras. It reveals the crucial interconnections between North America's many peoples--illustrating the ease of their interactions in the first two centuries of E ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 362 pages
Published July 14th 1999 by Prentice Hall (first published 1974)
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Eric Hopkins
There isn't really a lot to write about Red, White, and Black. It's an accurate but uninspired account of race relations in North America up to the late 18th century. To summarize it in a sentence; it's the kind of book I would reference from, but never read.
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Dec 07, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
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First published in 1974, this exploration of inter-cultural relations in early America has all the "did you know" retelling of our Bicentennial Age. Nash's comparative history of European, African, and Native experiences -- enslaved and free, loyalist and rebel, Protestant, Catholic, and Quaker -- is an engaging read, chockful of pre-revolutionary quotes and primary sources.

As an academic resource, it is pretty solid, though I noticed that in nearly 40 years of revisions, Nash's cited sources ha
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Lynn
Feb 24, 2010 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Although I believe this is often required reading in high school American history classes, it wasn't required in mine. I read it, strangely, while living in Austria. Austrians asked me often about the history/plight of native Americans - they were, to stereotype, fascinated by them - and I realized that I had next to zero real knowledge about them. Even weirder than reading this book while in Austria, I attended these little "workshops" about native Americans while there, in peoples' homes, in G ...more
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Jan 14, 2016 Andee Nero rated it really liked it
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I think that, since it uses a racial lens, this work would make a great survey text for an undergrad course. However, it needs to be more inclusive of women to really create a representative picture of early America. Also, Nash is a master at writing awkwardly-constructed sentences.
Sam
Oct 25, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
And I thought we learned American history in high school... shed a lot of light as to what it means to be an American, slightly more disturbing than what I previously thought.
Carrie
Jul 15, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
This is a great book. Really! I actually gave my copy away to someone to read for leisure! A fascinating, easy to read book.
Laura
May 11, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very dry and somewhat boring. I had to read it for my history class.
Vera
Jan 09, 2011 Vera rated it it was amazing
Gary Nash's finest.
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Gary B. Nash received his B. A. from Princeton University in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1964. He earned the position of Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught colonial and revolutionary American history since 1974. Nash has been the Director of the National Center for History in the Schools sinc 1994 and co ...more
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