"Red, White and Black" Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

"Red, White and Black"
A review and defense of Gary Nash's thesis in "Red, White and Black".
# 60516 | 1,503 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Aug 23, 2005 in Anthropology (North American) , Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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In his book "Red, White and Black", Gary Nash proposes the thesis that rather than viewing the three nations which make up the history of the American people as distinct and parallel, or merely in conflict, the three racial groups engaged in complex cultural interactions and negotiations, and were thus all equally important. This paper examines Nash's thesis, as well as construction of his text, his methodology of analysis, some of the facts he presents to defend his pluralistic thesis, and finally comes to an overall assessment of Nash's thesis and the importance of his book as a whole.

From the Paper:

"Nash's approach as an historian is chronological in its structure, rather than ideological. In other words, he traces the beginnings of the history of America, from before 1500, to the early European and native encounters, up to the end of the revolutionary period, cumulating in 1800, with a final chapter on what happened afterwards in the lands he discusses. This relatively straightforward approach allows for one of the most interesting aspects of Nash's book, namely his introduction of little-known, even now, material, regarding the interactions of Europeans, Native Americans, and Black Africans before the term 'America' was even coined. Using chronology, and interweaving the different stories create a multifaceted texture of history created, again stressing the equal importance of all three groups."

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