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Unformatted text preview: Nevertheless, the neoliberal project does undertake a crucial task: the construction of a transracial political agenda,
and the articulation of white and minority interests in a viable strategic perspective . This is something which has been missing
from the US political scene since the enactment of civil rights legislation thirty years ago. THE ABOLITIONIST PROJECT Drawing their inspiration from W.E.B. Du
Bois and James Baldwin, the social historians who have provided the core insights of the abolitionist project stress the "invention of whiteness" as a pivotal
development in the rise of US capitalism. They have begun a process of historical reinterpretation which aims to set race -- or more properly, the gestation and evolution
of white supremacy -- at the center of US politics and culture. Thus far, they have focused attention on a series of formative events and processes: the precedent of
British colonial treatment of the Irish (Allen 1994, Ignatiev 1995); the early, multiracial resistance to indentured servitude and quasi-slavery, which culminated in the
defeat of Bacon's Rebellion in late 17th century Vir...
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- Spring '14