Black into White

Race and Nationality in Brazilian Thought

Black into White
Book Pages: 334 Illustrations: Published: November 1992

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African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Latin American Studies > Brazil

Published to wide acclaim in 1974, Thomas E. Skidmore's intellectual history of Brazilian racial ideology has become a classic in the field. Available for the first time in paperback, this edition has been updated to include a new preface and bibliography that surveys recent scholarship in the field. Black into White is a broad-ranging study of what the leading Brazilian intellectuals thought and propounded about race relations between 1870 and 1930. In an effort to reconcile social realities with the doctrines of scientific racism, the Brazilian ideal of "whitening"—the theory that the Brazilian population was becoming whiter as race mixing continued—was used to justify the recruiting of European immigrants and to falsely claim that Brazil had harmoniously combined a multiracial society of Europeans, Africans, and indigenous peoples.

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Thomas E. Skidmore is Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of History and Director, Center for Latin American Studies, at Brown University.

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1320-5
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