Historian Nell Irvin Painter
explains how the idea of the white race was invented, and why. In The History of White People
she shows how the origins of American identity in the eighteenth century were tied to the elevation of white skin into the embodiment of beauty, power, and intelligence, and how the definitions of who is "white" and who is "American" have evolved over time.
Event: Nell Irvin Painter will be speaking and signing books
Tuesday, March 16, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway at 82nd Street