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Nell Irvin Painter

Author of The History of White People

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About the Author

Nell Irvin Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include the New York Times bestseller The History of White People. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts.
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) — Contributor, some editions — 4,354 copies
Women's America: Refocusing the Past (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 334 copies
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contributor — 120 copies
Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 105 copies
Journey Toward Freedom: The Story of Sojourner Truth (1967) — Introduction, some editions — 76 copies
Competition: A Feminist Taboo? (1987) — Foreword, some editions — 37 copies
The Evolution of Southern Culture (1988) — Contributor — 17 copies
Feminists Revision History (1994) — Contributor — 4 copies

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This is a thorough and well researched history of the white race, albeit quite dry. It reads much like a textbook, not particularly engaging, but appropriate for the subject matter.
 
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jnoshields | 24 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
Extensive and detailed historical analysis of how whiteness has been privileged and promoted over the course of of the past two millenia.
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R3dH00d | 24 other reviews | Mar 8, 2024 |
Enjoyed this very much, particularly as it introduced me to many artists I did not know. Gutsy and informative.
 
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fmclellan | 11 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
The author is less than likeable; she is incredibly arrogant, so sure that her art is better than everyone else thinks, upset that she doesn't receive recognition from "The Art World" in the same way she did in the world of academia and history.

She is convinced that everything boils down to race, sex, and age. If someone doesn't like her or her art, it's clear to her that they are racist, sexist, and/or ageist. It never crosses her mind that maybe her art just isn't their style, or that their personality doesn't mesh with hers. She always assumes the worst about people.

At one point, she states, "I was only thinking about me," as if that were a good thing. And that's her problem right there.

There was a lot of profanity, especially the f-bomb and the names of God and Jesus used as curse words. The author also glorifies nudity and sex; there are many crude references to genitalia and sex acts.

The writing itself is a strange mixture of academic "big" words and a lack of sentence structure and fluidity. And the book was entirely too long and repetitive. It could have easily been cut in half.
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