Mon, 06/17/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
he United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Greg Carter about his new book "The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing."
Barack Obama’s historic presidency has re-inserted mixed race into the national conversation. While the troubled and pejorative history of racial amalgamation throughout U.S. history is a familiar story, Greg Carter asks us to reconsider an understudied optimist tradition, one which has praised mixture as a means to create a new people, bring equality to all, and fulfill an American destiny. He re-envisions racial mixture as a vehicle for pride and a way for citizens to examine mixed America as a better America.
Greg Carter is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In "The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing" Greg Carter explores a broad range of documents and moments, unearthing a new narrative that locates hope in racial mixture.