The Rise and Fall of the White Republic

The Rise and Fall of the White Republic:Class Politics and Mass Culture in Nineteenth Century America

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Saxton asks why white racism remained an ideological force in America long after the need to justify slavery and Western conquest had disappeared

In this acclaimed historical study, Alexander Saxton establishes the centrality of white racism to American politics and culture. Examining images of race at a popular level – from blackface minstrelsy to the construction of the Western hero, from grassroots political culture to dime novels – as well as the philosophical constructions of the political elite, it is a powerful and comprehensive account of the ideological forces at work in the formation of modern America.


  • No other book offers us such a richly detailed and elegantly written illumination of the relationship between race and the labyrinth of American party politics in the nineteenth century.

    Ron Takaki
  • This is grand history ... an extraordinary book packed with detail and argument ... destined to provoke deep self-searching among its sensitive readers—and probably also wounded cries from the old-line historical establishment.

    Paul BuhleThe Nation