Ever wonder how the United States’ problem with race developed and why early American reformers didn’t find a way to fix it during the earliest days of the republic?
Today, Nicholas Guyatt, author of Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation, leads us on an exploration of how and why the idea of separate but equal developed in the early United States.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with a historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Nicholas Guyatt, a University Lecturer at Cambridge University and author of Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation, leads us on an exploration of how and why the idea of separate but equal developed in the early days of the United States.
During our investigation, Nick reveals the demographics of the United States after the War for Independence; The early American problem of racial integration; And how and why early American reformers invented the idea of racial segregation.
What You’ll Discover
- Demographics of the United States at the end of the War for Independence
- Relations between white Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans
- European ideas about abolition
- How early Americans viewed the Declaration of Independence’s promise of “all men are created equal”
- The United States’ integration problem
- Early American and European ideas about race
- Why the United States became a race-based society
- Why British Americans didn’t intermarry with people of other races more
- The early American theory of degradation
- Early American reformers’ ideas about Native Americans
- Federal program for Native American “civilization”
- Native American views on white reformers’ “civilization” plan
- White American reformers’ ideas to abolish slavery in the new United States
- White American reformers’ experiments with reversing ill-effects of degradation
- White American reformers’ turn to the idea of colonization
- The colony at Sierra Leone
- The founding of Liberia
- The American Colonization Society
- The Indian Removal Act of 1830
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Nicholas Guyatt
- Nick’s Cambridge University webpage
- Nick’s Twitter Handle: @NicholasGuyatt
- Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation
- Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876
- Episode 018: Danielle Allen, Our Declaration
- Episode 035: Michael Lord, Historic Hudson Valley & Washington Irving
- Episode 064: Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France
- Episode 075: Peter Drummey, How Archives Work/History of the Massachusetts Historical Society
- Episode 079: James Horn, What is a Historical Source/Jamestown
- Episode 083: Jared Hardesty, Slavery in Colonial Boston
In your opinion, what would have happened if the United States had created one or more of the reformers' proposed states for African Americans and Native Americans?
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