The Columbian Covenant: Race and the Writing of American History

  • James Carson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. James Carson
    Pages 1-24
  3. James Carson
    Pages 25-48
  4. James Carson
    Pages 49-68
  5. James Carson
    Pages 69-92
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 93-127

About this book


This provocative analysis of American historiography argues that when scholars use modern racial language to articulate past histories of race and society, they collapse different historical signs of skin color into a transhistorical and essentialist notion of race that implicates their work in the very racial categories they seek to transcend.


America American History argue color historiography history history of literature language society writing

Authors and affiliations

  • James Carson
    • 1
  1. 1.History DepartmentQueen’s UniversityCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-49403-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-43863-8
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