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Colour, Class and the Victorians: English Attitudes to the Negro in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

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Colour, Class and the Victorians: English Attitudes to the Negro in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
By Douglas A. Lorimer

"The middles decades of the 19th century saw a subtle yet significant change in English racial attitudes. The widespread sympathy for the plight of oppressed blacks aroused by the anti-slavery did not simply decline: the prevailing temper came to express a new harsh racism which condemned blacks as inherently inferior to whites.
This study examines the reasons for this transition by exploring a new range of blacks in Victorian England and the origins of a derogatory stereotype of the Negro within the popular culture. The evidence demonstrates that the Victorians perceived blacks as a social as well as racial group: in fact comparisons of race and class typified the mid-Victorian discussion of race and slavery. Professor Lorimer finds that the sources of mid-Victorian racism lay not simply in a direct response to the proponents of scientific racism, not to the overseas needs of empire, but in the changing social and political climate of mid-Victorian England itself. The perception of colour remained constant, but as perceptions of class shifted, so Victorian racism intensified."

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Author(s):
Lorimer, Douglas A.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1978
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0718511611
ISBN-13:
9780718511616
Number of pages:
300
Publisher:
Leicester University Press etc.

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Colour, Class and the Victorians: English Attitudes to the Negro in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
By Douglas A. Lorimer

"The middles decades of the 19th century saw a subtle yet significant change in English racial attitudes. The widespread sympathy for the plight of oppressed blacks aroused by the anti-slavery did not simply decline: the prevailing temper came to express a new harsh racism which condemned blacks as inherently inferior to whites.
This study examines the reasons for this transition by exploring a new range of blacks in Victorian England and the origins of a derogatory stereotype of the Negro within the popular culture. The evidence demonstrates that the Victorians perceived blacks as a social as well as racial group: in fact comparisons of race and class typified the mid-Victorian discussion of race and slavery. Professor Lorimer finds that the sources of mid-Victorian racism lay not simply in a direct response to the proponents of scientific racism, not to the overseas needs of empire, but in the changing social and political climate of mid-Victorian England itself. The perception of colour remained constant, but as perceptions of class shifted, so Victorian racism intensified."

Good condition.

Author(s):
Lorimer, Douglas A.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1978
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0718511611
ISBN-13:
9780718511616
Number of pages:
300
Publisher:
Leicester University Press etc.

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