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White Over BlackAmerican Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812$
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Winthrop D. Jordan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834022

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838686_jordan

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Erasing Nature's Stamp of Color

Erasing Nature's Stamp of Color

(p.512) XIV Erasing Nature's Stamp of Color
White Over Black

Winthrop D. Jordan

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that, of all the Negro's physical attributes, the one which had especially attracted the attention of Europeans was his color. As a scientific puzzle, the cause of the Negro's complexion was almost as poorly understood in 1800 as it had been two centuries earlier; yet there were some signs of better understanding during the early years of the nineteenth century. Blackness in men had always been more than a problem in science, however, and as a social problem in 1800 it had been transformed from what it had been a generation and even a dozen years earlier. Indeed, during the last twenty years of the eighteenth century there were signs that the Negro's complexion was becoming for many Americans a more urgent, pressing difficulty.

Keywords:   Negro, physical attributes, Europeans, color, Negro's complexion

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