Nell Irvin Painter


Author of "The History of White People"

Nell Irvin Painter appears in the following:

30 Issues | A History of Facing Whiteness in America

Friday, September 16, 2016

Our week-long series on Facing Whiteness concludes with a look at the historical intersection of race and class in America.


American History XX: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Today's edition of American History XX is about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a freeborn African American woman who was a noted writer, abolitionist, and suffrage advocate. Historian Nell Irvin Painter fills us in on why Harper clashed with white suffragists and was written out of the history books.

Comments [1]

A Paler Shade: Defining "Whiteness"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What does it mean to be categorized as "white" in this day and age? The census arrives in the mail this week and if you've gotten yours, you've seen these boxes to check off, indicating race: White, Black, Hispanic-White, Samoan, Filipino. But these categories are not static, and have changed over time as our cultural views of race have changed.

Comments [6]