The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution (in the late 18th Century) Lecture Outline

The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution (in the late 18th Century) Lecture Outline

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History 125, Section 002 The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution (in the late 18 th Century) Sep 23 Lecture Outline 1) Scientific Racism Europeans start believing that you are born a certain way and you will never be able to change it, so just accept it The story/myth of Noah’s grandchildren seeing him naked is the story bases the thought that both whites and African Americans descend from the same God, one just did something wrong and are being punished a. Hardening Theories of Race Indolent= lazy In 1776, a German scientist starts measuring skulls to prove that there are differences between species. He finds a skull in the mountains in Russia, and says that it proves that the white race is the best race b. Hardening Racial Practices Early new world colonies, Africans have been freed: they can marry nay race (black or white) and can own their own land That is all changed by the 1700’s by the French Laws are passed saying it is okay to kill your slave, no to international marriage c. Race as a Historical Construct Points to take away: o o If it changes, it means race is not natural ---Social construct
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