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Race Over Empire: Racism and U.S. Imperialism, 1865-1900

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Love challenges prevailing notions of race and imperialism by presenting a critical reinterpretation of the complex interactions between politics, race, labor, immigration, and foreign relations at the dawn of the American century. Using memoirs, speeches, newspapers and journals, and governmental and diplomatic papers, diaries and private letters, Love rewrites the histor ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 22nd 2004 by University of North Carolina Press
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Ran
Jun 27, 2016 Ran rated it it was amazing
Eric T. L. Love argues in Race Over Empire against the prior scholarly work on United States imperialism in the late 19th century which rests on the contention that U.S. imperialists’ utilized theories of racial uplift, “benevolent assimilation,” and “white man’s burden” to seize Cuba and to annex Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Instead, Love contends:

...racism had nearly the opposite effect: that the relationship between the imperialists of the late nineteenth century and the r
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Dan
Sep 18, 2007 Dan rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
A pretty good book that discusses racism in American Imperialism from a different perspective than others. It does tend to get a bit tedious and redundant at time.
Jason S
Feb 01, 2016 Jason S rated it really liked it
Interesting thesis (race stopped imperialism for US, not caused it) great chapter on attempted annexation of Dom. Rep.
Erin
Jan 25, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own, nonfiction, school
Definitely complicates the whole manifest destiny/white man's burden narrative that is typically used to help explain US motivation in empire building, and it's rather eye-opening to hear racism typical of the time period used as a dissuading factor. But, as somebody else already mentioned, it's extremely redundant. Also, I'm a little skeptical about some of his arguments.
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