The doctrine of whiteness: National supremacy and Manifest Destiny
Schwaller, Shawn W
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When one attempts to puncture the social problems of racial oppression, whiteness proves to be a stumbling block. In a historical context, whiteness was created to sit at the top of a racial hierarchy. Although there are exceptions, this structure enabled those at the top to obtain and maintain wealth, power, and prestige over those below them. However, it is essential to examine how this power materialized in the long-term for the white underclass, which exploded in size during the nineteenth century as multiracial and ethnic peoples gathered at the shores of the United States and peered inward to a land of supposed wealth and opportunity. This work articulates homestead discourse from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as, the triadic relationship between white supremacy, Anglo-Saxon, and Manifest Destiny.