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A Dreadful deceit
Author: Jacqueline Jones

ISBN: 9780465036707
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 381
Published: 1 January 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.8
Description:
In 1656, a Maryland planter tortured and killed an enslaved man named Antonio, an Angolan who refused to work in the fields. Three hundred years later, Simon P. Owens battled soul-deadening technologies as well as the fiction of "race” that divided him from his co-workers in a Detroit auto-assembly plant. Separated by time and space, Antonio and Owens nevertheless shared a distinct kind of political vulnerability; they lacked rights and opportunities in societies that accorded marked privileges to people labeled "white.”

An American creation myth posits that these two black men were the victims of "racial” discrimination, a primal prejudice that the United States has haltingly but gradually repudiated over the course of many generations. In A Dreadful Deceit, award-winning historian Jacqueline Jones traces the lives of Antonio, Owens, and four other African Americans to illustrate the strange history of "race” in America. In truth, Jones shows, race does not exist, and the very factors that we think of as determining it- a person’s heritage or skin color-are mere pretexts for the brutalization of power...

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