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Unformatted text preview: ginia; the self-identification of "free" workers as white in the antebellum North (Roediger 1991); and the
construction of a "white republic" in the late 19th century (Saxton 1990). These studies, in some cases quite prodigious intellectual efforts, have had a significant impact
on how we understand not only racial formation, but also class formation and the developing forms of popular culture in US history. What they reveal above all is how
crucial the construction of whiteness was, and remains, for the development and maintenance of capitalist class rule in the US. Furthermore, these studies also show
how the meaning of whiteness, like that of race in general, has time and again proved flexible enough to adapt to shifts in the capitalist division of labor, to reform
initiatives which extended democratic rights, and to changes in ideology and cultural representation. The core message of the abolitionist project is the imperative of repudiation of white identity and white privilege, the requirement that "the lie...
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