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A Great Racial Commission

Daniel B. Lee

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0004
A Great Racial Commission

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During the late nineteenth century, White Americans developed an enduring image of themselves as a superior race with a manifest destiny. They did this by drawing distinctions and observing differences between themselves and other groups of people. With their political and economic power, White Americans had the means to effectively communicate about themselves as a race. In print, delivered to the home, read by the whole family, the racial and religious discourse disseminated by family house magazines and other popular publications helped to produce and replicate the self-referential communication of White Americans.

Keywords: White Americans; nineteenth century; manifest destiny; race; religion; communication; distinctions; publications; self-referential

Chapter.  10913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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