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Birth of a White Nation

Birth of a White Nation

The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today

Jacqueline Battalora
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Birth of a White Nation, Second Edition examines the social construction of race through the invention of white people. Surveying colonial North American law and history, the book interrogates the origins of racial inequality and injustice in American society, and details how the invention still serves to protect the ruling elite to the present day.

This second edition documents the proliferation of ideas imposed and claimed throughout history that have conspired to give content, form, and social meaning to one's racial classification. Beginning its expanded narrative with the development of diverse Native American societies through contact with European colonizers in the Tidewater region, and progressing to the emigration of Mexicans, Irish, and other non-whites, this new edition addresses the ongoing production and reproduction of whiteness as a distinct and dominant social category. It also looks to the future by developing a new, applied framework for countering racial inequality and promoting greater awareness of anti-racist policies and practices.

Birth of a White Nation will be of great interest to students, scholars, and general readers seeking to make sense of the dramatic racial inequities of our time and to forge an antiracist path forward.


Jacqueline Battalora is an attorney and Professor of Sociology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. In addition to this book, Battalora is an editor of the journal Understanding & Dismantling Privilege and she frequently develops and delivers lectures and training that advance the understanding of the construction of race and its impact today.


  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: May 17, 2021
  • Pages: 128
  • Dimensions: 6.9 X 9.9 X 1.6 inches | 2.55 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9780367517328
  • BISAC Categories: Discrimination & Race Relations, Sociology - General, Anthropology - Cultural & Social, United States - General, Ethnic Studies - General, Social History, Legal History, Public Policy - Social Policy, Romance - Sports
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