Documents of American Prejudice: An Anthology of Writings on Race from Thomas Jefferson to David Duke


Many Americans forget that, until recently, racially prejudiced thought and writing was an accepted part of public discourse, in many cases supported by specious but widely accepted scientific or philosophical theories, and practiced by some of the country's most influential and respected public figures. Documents of American Prejudice provides an anthology of writings on how racial prejudice ha evolved since early colonial times, and helps readers understand racism through the prism of American history.

Over 70 selections spanning more than 300 years of injustice encompass specific groups victimized by racial prejudice as well as different kinds of racial prejudice. Opinions of both reviled an well-loved figures are included in the writings of everyone from Thomas Jefferson to David Duke. Organization of material into thematic sections (such as Social Darwinism and eugenics, immigration, and other categories) and by groups who were the focus of racist attacks makes this volume especially user-friendly.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Derrick Bell
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Madison Grant
  • Dinesh D'Souza
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999


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